Concerned about life after ostomy surgery?

Our Ostomy Program gives you the keys to success.

You are not alone. Every year, 100,000 people in the United States undergo this surgery. In an ostomy procedure, a surgeon brings a section of the intestines to the outside of the abdomen to provide a new passage for the elimination of waste, either stool or urine. Your specific type of ostomy relates to the reason for your original surgery.

Yes, life changes somewhat when you have an ostomy, whether temporary or permanent. However, with the right preparation, training and support at every point, your life can be just as rewarding as before your surgery. We designed our Ostomy Program to help make sure this happens for you.

Types of Ostomy



A colostomy is created so stool can exit the body. In this procedure, a section of the large intestine–also called the colon–is cut, and a piece is brought to the outside of the abdomen to provide a passage for stool. There are different types of colostomies, depending on which part of the colon your surgeon connects to your abdomen. The two most common types are a sigmoid colostomy (involving the lower part of the colon) and a transverse colostomy (involving the horizontal part of the colon).

For an informative, illustrated brochure on your colostomy, click here.



An ileostomy is created so stool can exit the body. In this procedure, a section of the small intestine–also called the ileum–is cut, and a piece is brought to the outside of the abdomen to provide a passage for stool.

For an informative, illustrated brochure on your ileostomy, click here.



If the bladder is removed due to disease, you lose a storage area for urine. When this occurs, a surgeon uses a piece of the small intestine to create a urostomy, or a new passage through which urine can exit your body. The redirected urine now flows from the kidneys into the ureters (tubes from the kidneys), then into the new passage created from the small intestine, exiting the body through an opening on your abdomen called a stoma.

For an informative, illustrated brochure on your urostomy, click here.

A two-stage "wrap-around" program with one goal: Your good quality of life.

Our specialized and caring Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services proven to improve your independent self-care, ease your lifestyle worries, and help prevent complications after surgery. If you have your ostomy surgery at Beth Israel, you benefit from helpful training and counseling before your procedure. After surgery, you transition seamlessly to our Ostomy Program’s outpatient arm, which provides you with expert help for life.

Was your ostomy surgery performed elsewhere? If so, keep reading. Unlike ostomy programs at many other hospitals, our lifelong outpatient services are available to patients whose surgery was performed at other facilities.

Our inpatient/outpatient "wrap-around" approach means that, at every stage, we work closely with you to:

  • Improve your quality of life with an ostomy
  • Help you resume normal activities
  • Improve your independence and confidence in self-care
  • Address your emotional concerns about having an ostomy
  • Provide practical, proven solutions that fit your lifestyle
  • Lower the risk of complications following your procedure


Patients admitted to the hospital will work closely with our specialized nursing staff, which provides a range of services that can dramatically improve your quality of life with an ostomy. These include:

Education and training.
You and your family will learn how to care for your stoma (the opening on your abdomen), including the use of an ostomy appliance to manage waste. Starting the process now means you more quickly reach a comfort level with self-care, leading to faster independence.

Supportive emotional counseling for your lifestyle concerns.
Our skilled staff will address all of your questions and anxieties about your body’s appearance, odor, and sexual functioning. There are many positive answers—and a world filled with ostomy success stories! Pre-surgery counseling on lifestyle questions makes a big difference in your positive outlook and successful adjustment after surgery.

Stoma (opening) site selection and marking.
Finding the right spot for your stoma before surgery—and marking this spot on your abdomen as a guide for the surgeon—goes a long way to helping you resume normal activities and a good quality of life. By observing your abdomen as you assume many positions—lying down, sitting and standing—our specialized nurses determine the best place for your stoma. Proper placement of your stoma reduces the chance of postoperative problems such as leakage, poor fitting of the pouch, skin irritation and clothing issues.


If you are considering elective ostomy surgery, our highly trained staff can answer all your questions to help you make an informed decision about this potentially life-saving surgery. Pre-operative stoma site selection and marking combined with education and training on stoma care and lifestyle changes can help patients overcome their anxiety over having ostomy surgery and reduce delays in getting care.

Patients who had previous ostomy surgery and need support can come to the outpatient Ostomy Program. We are here for you during your entire lifetime. Our specialized nurses provide ongoing training in self-care as well as counseling for any lifestyle issues related to having an ostomy that may arise.

Outpatient services include:

  • Pre-operative stoma site selection: a specialized service for patients scheduled for or considering elective ostomy surgery
  • Ongoing education and training for patient and family in caring for your ostomy, including confident use of the necessary appliance
  • Ongoing emotional counseling on lifestyle adjustments
  • Customized stoma pouch fittings if a standard size isn't best for you
  • Ongoing prevention and treatment of skin irritation around the stoma
  • Management of any stoma-related complications following surgery

For more information or to make an appointment with a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, please call 212.420.3960

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T: 212-420-3960
F: 212-420-2846

Why wait? Our ostomy experts can help.

Where do I go for services?

Beth Israel's outpatient ostomy services are available at Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East at 14th Street, Suite 2N, in Manhattan, New York City.

Coming soon to Brooklyn

You will soon also find comprehensive ostomy outpatient services at the Brooklyn Division of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, located at 3201 Kings Highway.