Ostomy Alliance of Jersey City
"However Long The Night, The Dawn Will Break."

Mission Statement

The Alliance is a not-for-profit association established to provide mutual aid and rehabilitation to persons who have undergone bowel or bladder ostomy or related surgeries (colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy, Kock pouch, etc.).

To help people prepare for what will happen during and after an ostomy or related surgery. We can arrange for someone who has been through the process to visit with the person who is contemplating, or who has had an ostomy or related surgery.

Membership is open to all interested persons, including those who have undergone one or more surgeries, their relatives and friends, medical professionals, and representatives of companies which manufacture or market ostomy supplies and prosthetic devices.

What is an Ostomy?

The word ostomy signifies a type of surgery required when a person has lost the normal function of the bladder or bowel due to birth defects, disease, injury or other disorders. Such operations include colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. The surgery allows for normal bodily wastes to be expelled through a new surgical opening (stoma) on the abdominal wall. Most persons with ostomies must wear special appliances over the stoma. An ostomate is a person who has had ostomy surgery.

What is a "Stoma?"

Stoma in greek means "mouth" or "opening." It is surgically created from the bowel (intestine) through the skin onto the abdomen to help in the removal of body wastes such as feces or urine.

The Various Kinds Of Ostomies:

Colostomy is a stoma in the colon or large intestine

Ileostomy is a stoma in the ileum or small intestine

Urostomy is a stoma for the urinary tract

Continent Ileostomy is a surgical variation of the
ileostomy (also called a Kock pouch).


When: 1st Monday of each month 4 - 6 P.M.
Where: Jersey City Medical Center
(In Conference Room 9)
355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Family and friends are Welcome
For More Information Call 201-339-5251

Click here for maps and directions

Meeting Dates

June 5th, 2011; July 4th no meeting; Aug. 1, 2011;

Sept. 5 no meeting; Oct. 3, 2011; Nov. 7, 2011;

Dec. 5, 2011.

Documents contained within these web pages are presented expressly for informational purposes only. In no way are any of the materials presented here meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your condition, or before starting a new program of treatment.

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