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Enterostomal therapy focuses on the acute and rehabilitative care of patients with:

  • Abdominal stomas
  • Bladder and colorectal cancer
  • Draining wounds
  • Fistulae
  • Dermal tissue trauma
  • Urinary incontinence

Inova Fairfax Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Virginia offering a dedicated outpatient ostomy care program for both pediatric and adult ostomy patients. Our patients receive specialized care from a team of registered nurses with advanced training in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) disorders.

We understand that patients need both medical care and educational support after intestinal or urinary diversion surgery and offer the following ostomy services:

  • Pre-surgical ostomy site marking (for patients having surgery at an Inova hospital)

  • Pre-surgical education
    Patients will be given a pouching system to take home, informational brochures on the type of ostomy they will have (ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy) and how to care for their ostomy. Nurses will discuss clothing, lifestyle, exercise and dietary needs, as well as potential benefits and complications, both short- and long-term

  • Post-surgical care and education
    Patients receive written home instructions, videos, pamphlets, information on how to obtain supplies and a description of the various pouching systems currently available. Patients with a colostomy may return, if necessary, to learn about irrigations (a bowel management program).

  • Appliance fitting and adjustments
    We offer problem-solving assistance for stomas that are poorly placed or constructed, flushed or retracted, as well as help with irregular abdominal contures. The goal is to obtain a minimal three-day wearing time.

  • Ostomy and peristomal skin assessments and treatments

  • One-on-one education for family and friends