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The UnityPoint Health - Des Moines ostomy nurses welcome you to the Ostomy Support Services site. We want to reach out to people with new ostomies, as well as those of you who have had ostomies for many years.
There are 4 certified ostomy nurses here to serve you, and to help you return to an active, productive life.
Knowledge is an important part of caring for your ostomy. The ostomy nurses hope that this website will help you learn how to care for a new ostomy or help if you have trouble with your ostomy.
Undergoing ostomy surgery can be very overwhelming. It is difficult to teach you everything you need to know while you are in the hospital. Please take time to look through this website. Write down questions. See if the answer is on the Frequently Asked Questions section. Call us (515-241-8070 IMMC or 515-263-5622 ILH) if you cannot find the answer on the website.
We sincerely hope that you can overcome any obstacles you may encounter, and that you can learn to make the lifestyle changes needed to recover.
The Ostomy Nurse team
Mary Puzder, RN, CWON
Debbie Lauer, RN, CWOCN
Nancy Medick, RN, CWON
Rita Huntrods, RN, CWON