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what is a stoma?

A stoma is an artificial opening on your abdomen that can be connected to your urinary system or digestive tract to divert and expel waste from your body. It is created at the end of the intestine that is brought to the surface of your abdomen to form this opening. It may be permanent or temporary depending on the cause. The surgical procedure that enables this process is known as Ostomy.

when is stoma required?

There are several reasons why a person may need a stoma. These include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease. 
  • Bowel cancer.
  • Bladder cancer.
  • Diverticulitis.
  • Any other obstructions to the bowel or bladder.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Colonic polyps.

stoma rehabilitation and stoma care-the role of a stoma nurse

Having a stoma is a major event and can lead not only lead to physical discomfort but also has psychological implications. These include anxiety about the functioning of the stoma, impact on the body image, and interpersonal relationships. 

In such cases, the role of a stoma nurse is vital in managing and rehabilitating stoma patients. Some important roles that stoma care nursing plays include:

  • A stoma nurse is a specialised professional and almost every hospital has a stoma nursing care unit that supports the patient before and after the surgery.
  • She does the pre-operative assessment and provides care during the hospital stay.
  • She helps in an easy transition into community life after the patient is discharged.
  • The nurse will help the patient accept the stoma as an extension of her/his body and guides the patient on stoma management on a daily basis. It includes training the person to use it themselves and maintaining hygiene. 
  • She is responsible for bringing back the patient to normality by providing education and information and her/his family members.
  • The stoma care nurse will advice the patient about how to manage daily activities and everyday living. 
  • She plays an active role in counselling the patient helping her/him reduce the stress and maintaining a positive outlook. All of this has a great impact on faster healing and recovery. 

how can portea help you?

Portea is credited with creating a healthcare ecosystem through which patients are able to access and afford world-class medical care right in the comfort of their homes. We have a wide range of services for almost every health need including doctor consultation, lab tests, physiotherapy, critical care, etc. 

One of our most important services is our stoma nursing care unit that provides stoma nursing specialists for care at home. This is how we help stoma patients:

  • Since the stoma care nurses visit you at home, your need to travel is eliminated. This not only helps in reducing your discomfort while traveling, waiting time but also helps in saving travel costs. 
  • Since you are cared for at home the process of healing and recovery is faster and more effective. 
  • All our nurses are trained and experienced and help you with appropriate stoma pouches and products, their usage, and maintaining hygiene to avoid infections.
  • Our nurses are trained in not only the technical aspects of stoma management but also education and counselling. They advice you on how to accept a stoma, maintaining a positive outlook, and how to go about your daily activities with a stoma. They also counsel your family members on aspects that they may be concerned about.
  • All our nurses are trained and updated on the latest stoma care processes and techniques. 
  • Our stoma care plans are much more economical than hospitals and clinics. In fact, they have been found to be almost 30 percent cheaper. 
  • With a stoma nurse visiting you at home, your caregivers (family and friends) are relieved of managing you. Instead, you are managed by a specialised healthcare professional.


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Mr. Raj Shekhar

Age 32, Chennai

My father had a surgery and required regular healthcare services. Portea has greatly helped him with their in-home healthcare services.

Portea has started home infusion of cerezyme 0.8 (cerezyme replacement therapy) of gaucher disease. From past 5years. I have been undergoing ERT at Delhi hospital. But now with the help of Sanofi Genzyme, Portea done our first home infusion of cerezyme. The team which visited our home (Raghvendra sir and pramod) in this thought condition COVID and rainy weather on time and attended us were highly professional. From the very first step till the and of therapy they did everything very well. They took every percuations, share every details with as regarding home infusion of cerezyme , used every necessary equipment (infusion pump) for therapy, monitored us thoroughly. This new intiative for ERT is very nice and impressive. Thank you Raghvendra sir Thanks to portea and Sanofi for this arrangement.

We would like to put on record that we found the services of Nurse Jeesha and Nurse Sridevi to be excellent. They were competent, dedicated and compassionate Nurses who were able to establish a good rapport with the patient and the family caregivers. Your Nursing Supervisor Anthony Michael responded promptly and effectively to our communications. We would be happy to recommend the services of Portea.