It’s a medical topic few want to discuss, but the United Ostomy Association of America estimates that more than 750,000 Americans are living with an ostomy, and more than 130,000 new life-saving ostomy surgeries occur in America each year. An ostomy is a surgical procedure used to create a stoma which is an opening in the abdominal wall that allows the passage of digested food or urine.
Ostomies may be permanent or temporary, depending on the section of organ removed and the patient’s medical status. People with ostomies can live full and active lives.
Ostomy Care Services
Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic offers education and support services aimed at improving the quality of life for patients who have had or are going to have ostomy surgery. The goal is to help prepare patients to adapt to life with their ostomies and return to their normal
activities as soon as possible.
Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic is staffed by certified ostomy care nurses and nurses specially trained in the care and management of an ostomy. We provide a full range of services for patients with an ostomy, as well as fistula wound management.
Types of Ostomies
The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center’s philosophy is based upon our dedication to holistic caring for people requiring our services. We strive to meet not only the physical, but also the psychological, spiritual and social needs of both the patient and the family.
We offer reassurance to the patient and family to make the experience professional, easy and comprehensive.
We strongly believe in the concept of team care. Through the team approach, a high quality of care is consistently delivered to each of our patients. Through communication and collaboration with allied health professionals, community resources and other professionals involved in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound care, we can develop treatment plans appropriate for each individual receiving our services.
By constantly striving to improve our quality of care,we provide optimum care to the patients and families we serve, in a safe and effective manner.
To schedule an appointment at Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic, call (314) 989-1181. The clinic is part of the Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care Center, which specializes in wound, ostomy and hyperbaric medicine. Our office is located at 11700 Studt Avenue in Creve Coeur (63141). Studt Avenue is north of Mercy Hospital, off N. New Ballas Road.
Most insurance plans cover ostomy services. We recommend checking with your insurance provider.