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What is Enterostomal Therapy?

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective treatments for gastrointestinal (stomach) cancer, including enterostomal therapy in Orlando for residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. In order to treat gastrointestinal (stomach) cancer, your physician may recommend a treatment known as enterostomal therapy. Enterostomy is a general term that describes a surgical opening created in the abdomen that provides an outlet path for digestive waste products. Coordinating with our Digestive Health Center, FHCI offers enterostomal therapy for those patients whose colons cannot be repaired to a fully functioning state. To learn more about enterostomal therapy in Orlando, or to request an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

Services We Offer for Enterostomal Therapy

If your physician recommends enterostomal therapy, our specialized therapists at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute will work with you and your family to help you understand the procedure and make any necessary lifestyle changes. They will also help you manage the long-term care of the wound, fistula, ulcer and skin. While chemotherapy and radiation focus on killing cancer cells at the source, enterostomal therapy focuses on helping patients adjust to changes in diet and lifestyle modifications due to treatment. In some cases, your physician may recommend urostomies or colostomies to treat colorectal cancer or other gastrointestinal conditions. This means that part of your colon may be removed, requiring treatment to redirect your intestines to an incision in your abdomen. This will provide a way for food and liquid to be drained for fecal and urinary matter. 

Below are some of the specific enterostomal therapy treatments we provide to our patients at FHCI: 

  • Counseling before surgery to answer your questions and prepare you for the changes and management
  • Selection of the stoma site
  • Sexual counseling
  • Instruction in ostomy care
  • Education in dietary and fluid changes and daily ostomy management
  • Long term skin, wound, ulcer and fistula care
  • Assistance in managing any complications, such as incontinence or immobility

To learn more about enterostomal therapy in Orlando, or to request an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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How Enterostomal Therapy Works

During a colostomy, the colon is routed to an opening (stoma) created in the abdominal wall, which empties into a collection bag worn close to the body. Since the stoma is basically a hole created in the body, the patient needs specialized care and training to ward off possible infection and make sure the stoma continues to function properly. Enterostomies can be temporary or permanent. Our enterostomal therapists are specially trained nurses who provide appropriate advice and support in managing the challenges of stoma care.  They are committed to ensuring a smooth recovery with the goal of returning you to normal daily life as quickly and uneventfully as possible.

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Request an Appointment

To learn more about enterostomal therapy in Orlando, or to request an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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