A Guide to Understanding an Ostomy (72 pages) – A good overview, published by Providence Health Care, which operate several medical facilities in British Columbia, Canada. It’s clearly written and well-illustrated, and I particularly like their chart giving a side-by-side comparison of ileostomes and colostomies.
A Handbook for New Ostomy Patients (96 pages) – Produced by the Vancouver United Ostomy Association Chapter Inc. This is a very thorough and well written guide, covering all the bases. It was made with the financial support of two ostomy and medical supply companies, but is ad-free. A nice touch!
Caring for Your Ileostomy or Colostomy (19 pages) – A publication of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. No images, but a good overview of how to manage ileostomies and colostomies.
Caring for Your Ostomy: What You Should Know (36 pages) – Another really good overview, this one’s published by Providence Health Care, which operates several medical facilities in British Columbia, Canada. It’s clearly written and well-illustrated, and I partcularly like their chart with side-by-side comparisons of ileostomies and colostomies.
Living with a Stoma (32 pages) – Published by the Colostomy Association in the UK, this guide is helpful if you have questions about daily living with a colostomy (showering, clothing, travelling, etc.).
New Ostomy Patient Guide (88 pages) – Published by the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA). It contains ads, unfortunately, but the information in between them is very comprehensive, and helpful to all types of ostomates.