People living with stomas need specialized medical care. Our Wound and Ostomy Clinic offers treatment of chronic wounds that do not heal well or heal very slowly. We use proven, effective techniques to promote healing.
Our expert wound ostomy advanced practice registered nurse provides comprehensive care of stomas and any complications of peristomal skin (skin around the stoma). Our team will provide necessary education before surgery and ongoing follow-up care after.
What is a stoma?
A fecal or urinary stoma is a surgically created opening on your body that is connected to your digestive or urinary system. The stoma allows waste to be eliminated from the body. It can be permanent or temporary, depending on your unique situation and the disease process.
Approximately 120,000 stomas are created every year in the United States for a variety of reasons, including cancer and other nonmalignant conditions. Stomas require ongoing evaluation and care to prevent skin complications.
Complications may happen immediately after surgery or at any point after a stoma is created. Common complications include:
- Leakage due to ill-fitting appliances
- Skin irritations
Types of ostomy and wound issues we treat
Led by an advanced practice nurse with more than 20 years of experience, we deliver patient-centered, evidence-based care in a convenient outpatient setting. We care for many types of stomas and cancer-related wounds, including:
- Postoperative complicated wounds
- Gastrointestinal stomas
- Genitourinary stomas
- Head and neck surgical wounds and stomas
- Palliative wounds
- Radiation dermatitis
- Pressure ulcers
- Chronic wounds
Services for ostomy patients
We offer personalized, compassionate care before and after ostomy surgery. Before surgery, our clinic team will talk with you about lifestyle and dietary modifications you may need to consider. We will provide practical tips for traveling with a stoma and teach you to recognize issues that may require medical attention.
After surgery, we will teach you how to care for and access your stoma. We will evaluate your stoma to ensure it functions properly. We can also connect you with ostomy support groups and others who can help you adjust to living with a stoma.
Other services include:
- Presurgical stoma marking to determine the optimum site placement
- Evaluation of stoma appliance wear to protect your skin
- Continent stoma care, including clean intermittent catheterization
- Evaluation and treatment of skin damage, complex wounds and fistulas
- Negative pressure wound therapy for complex surgical wounds
Make an appointment with the Wound and Ostomy Clinic
The Wound and Ostomy Clinic is opened to patients in South Florida who need our specialized services. Our team offers in-person and virtual appointments.
To make an appointment with the Wound and Ostomy Clinic or to refer a patient, please give us a call.