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Outpatient Ostomy Care Program

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Inova's Providers Assess and Treat the Following Peristomal Skin Complications:

  • Excoriation – red, weepy, possibly bleeding and sore areas of the skin
  • Rash – itching and redness around stoma, which may be caused by candida
  • Contact dermatitis – itching, burning or stinging, redness, and areas of moist skin surrounding the stoma
  • Ulcerations – red, weepy, and/or sore areas of the skin surrounding the stoma, which may be caused by disease process or improper use of barriers
  • Peristomal hernia – weakness in the abdominal wall that allows the bowel to protrude under the skin and appears as a bulge surrounding the stoma
  • Stoma retracted or flush with the skin – patient’s barrier seal can be improved by changing pouch type or adding products
  • Body contour changes – patients are reevaluated and pouching system used is adjusted to increase wear time

Services Provided

In addition to clinical assessments and treatments, our ostomy care team provides:

  • Presurgical ostomy site marking
  • Presurgical education – patients will receive information regarding their specific type of ostomy and how to care for it. Patients will learn about pouching, as well as diet and lifestyle changes.
  • Postsurgical care – patients will receive written home instructions, educational materials and information on how to obtain supplies, including a description of the various pouching systems currently available.
  • Appliance fitting and adjustments – we offer assistance with difficult stomas. The goal is to maximize pouch wear time.

Schedule an Appointment

Appointments are Available at Two Locations:

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
3600 Joseph Siewick Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22033

  • Call 703-391-3500 (Option #4)
  • Phone lines open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Appointments are available on Wednesdays between noon and 3 p.m.
  • Please check in through the outpatient surgical department, located on the second floor of the hospital.

Patients need a physician referral to see the ostomy nurses at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.


Inova Wound Healing Center Inova Loudoun Hospital
44055 Riverside Pkwy., Suite 118
Leesburg, VA 20176

  • Call 703-858-6399
  • Phone lines open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Appointments are available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To Prepare for Your Appointment at Either Location:

  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time
  • Bring your doctor’s referral, a picture ID and your insurance card
  • Bring your current pouching system
    Should you need to cancel your appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance
  • Check with your insurance company before your appointment for information regarding copays and referral requirements.

Other Resources:

inova.org/wound

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.
ostomy.org
1.800.826.0826

Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia
osgnv.org
703-802-3457

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
wocn.org
1.888.224.WOCN (9626)