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Your Stoma Care Nurse will teach you how to care for your stoma before you leave hospital. This will include learning how to change your stoma pouch, how to measure the stoma so the aperture of the hole in the pouch is correct and general advice on taking care of your stoma. They will also fit you with a more discreet type of pouch than the transparent one typically used after surgery to monitor your healing, and they'll discuss the different types of pouches that are available to you.
They may also tell you about accessories that you can use alongside your stoma pouch to protect your skin, make pouch changing easier and provide extra security.
Click below for practical advice and reminders on pouch changing and care for your stoma.