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Ostomy Site Checklist

Ostomy Site Checklist

Questions to ask about your ostomy procedure

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  • What can I expect when using an ostomy pouch?
  • How will a colostomy change my daily activities?
  • Can a colostomy affect me being intimate with my partner?
  • Do I need to adjust my diet?
  • Will my insurance cover the cost of ostomy supplies? Are ostomy supplies covered under Medicare?
  • Do you have a list of recommended suppliers to order the ostomy supplies?
  • What should I do if nothing is coming out of the stoma into the pouch? When should I seek medical assistance?
  • What should I do if there is too much stuff/overflow coming into the pouch?
  • Do I need special clothing to hide the ostomy bag?
  • What do I do about odor while I use a public restroom or the bathroom at a friend's home? What if the pouch leaks and I am away from home?
  • Is there an ostomy support group that I can be part of?
  • Can I participate in sports with an ostomy bag?
  • Can I go back to work and are there activities that I should avoid?

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