A Guide to Living with a Colostomy ( 25 pages) – A very helpful publication from the NSWOCC (Nurses Specialized in Would, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC), including pre-op preparation and post-op expectations. This is the 2nd edition, updated in 2022. 

Colostomy: A practical guide to stoma care (30 pages) – a very readable and comprehensive booklet published by CliniMed, a UK-based company that markets and distributes a range of medical products, specializing in stoma care, urology, and wound care.

Colostomy Background and Consequences (56 pages)A fantastic information guide published by Coloplast, filled with lots of illustrations and incredible detail. For example, there are tips specific for Muslim ostomates (about how to observe strict personal hygiene requirements before prayer, and how to avoid leaking during prayers).

Colostomy Guide (31 pages) – This thorough guide, published by the American Cancer Society, provides a particularly good understanding of the many different types of colostomies (loop, double-barrel, ascending, transverse, descending, sigmoid, etc.).

Colostomy surgery and your care (34 pages) – A good overall guide published by St. Joseph’s Heathcare Hamilton, in Canada. Everyone facing or recovering from colostomy surgery should be given a guide like this,

Diet Guidelines for People with a Colostomy (10 pages) – This is a well organized and easy to follow guide, with tips for eating and drinking with a colostomy, both immediately post-surgery and long term. It’s published by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.

Leaving Hospital Following Colostomy Surgery (28 pages) – Mississauga Halton LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) of Ontario, Canada has produced this very helpful information booklet. It’s well illustrated and includes advice on taking care of your colostomy, changing pouches, etc., as well as good information on financial assistance and resources available in Ontario and/or Canada.

Life After Your Colostomy (25 pages) – This is a nice booklet published by Coloplast. It covers diet, pouching systems, and issues around returning to daily life with a colostomy.

Living with a Colostomy (32 pages) – United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) has produced this excellent guide about managing and living with a colostomy.

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