General information/good overviews

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.

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