News Release - Casey Dixon
Phoebe Public Relations Coordinator
ALBANY, Ga. – Patients who have undergone surgical procedures that resulted in the creation of an ostomy can now turn to Phoebe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center for specialized help in Southwest Georgia.
An ostomy is a result of a procedure in which an opening is created as a way to rid the body of waste matter. Most ostomies are temporary, but still require a lifestyle change for the patient.
Stephen Weiss, MD, FACS; Pat Marshall, DNP, MSN, NP-C, WOCN; and Gwen Collins, RN, MSN, of Phoebe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center are part of the specialized staff available to help patients before and after colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy procedures.
"Our ostomy program provides the patients with the key to success after their procedure. We provide a two-stage ‘wrap-around’ program with one goal: the patients' overall quality of life. Our specialized and caring ostomy nurses provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services proven to improve a patient’s independence, ease their lifestyle worries, and help prevent complications after surgery. Our outpatient ostomy services are available to patients whose surgeries were performed at other facilities,” said Marshall.
As part of Phoebe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center’s services available in Albany, pre-op patients are offered educational resources on what to expect after undergoing a procedure that results in an ostomy, as well as information on supplies and devices, the use of the devices and post-surgical care. The staff can aid patients with the care of their stoma, bowel training, emotional issues and how to handle complications, should they arise.
The most common issues that accompany an ostomy are leakage, skin irritation, skin breakdown, peristoma skin infections, cellulitis and abscess. In most cases, complications can be avoided with proper care and knowing when to turn to a health care professional.
For more information, call Phoebe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at 229-312-7600.