The Tyler United Ostomy Association has been offering support to Tyler-area ostomates since it was organized in June 1975. The Group has a professional Advisory Board of Medical Doctors and Enterostomal Therapists, as well as elected officers. The organization is supported by dues and donations.
What is the purpose of an ostomy group?
The specific objective is to assist in emotional and social rehabilitation of the ostomy patient. This is usually accomplished through visits with the patient, education and individual assistance.
What is the visiting service?
Your physician and hospital professionals are your first source of help. They can refer you to a WOC nurse who has been specially trained to help you learn to manage your stoma. They can also refer you to the UOAA chapter in your area. The chapter can provide an ostomy visitor who will be selected to suit your age, sex, and type of ostomy. Talking with a person who has had an ostomy surgery and who demonstrates an ability to live a normal, happy life, frequently helps the patient to accept the surgery and is very important to the rehabilitation process. The ostomy visitor offers visual evidence and reassurance that life with an ostomy need not be a handicap.