Bayonne Ostomy Alliance

Mission Statement

The Bayonne Ostomy 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.).

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.

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.

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 different 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: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Time: 2 PM (Family and friends are welcome)
Where: Bayonne Medical Center
29th Street at Avenue E, Bayonne, NJ 07002

In The 2-B Conference Room

[Take the B elevator to the 2nd floor. When exiting the elevator the 2-B conference will be a few short steps ahead.]

Meeting Dates

Jan. 11th, 2012; Feb. 8th, 2012; March 14th, 2012; April 11th, 2012;

May 9th, 2012; June 13th, 2012; July 11th, 2012; Aug. 8th, 2012;

Sept. 12th, 2012; Oct. 10th, 2012; Nov. 14th, 2012; Dec. 12th, 2012.

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We also have evening meetings
2nd Wednesday of each month
Time: 7 PM
Where: Community Cancer Support Group
591 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002
[Above the Pamrapo Bank]
[Take the elevator to the 3rd floor]
(Family and friends are welcome)
Phone: 201-339-5251

The 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. The sysop is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information contained in or implied by these documents.

The Bayonne Ostomy Alliance is a volunteer organization composed primarily of ostomates for the purpose of offering mutual aid and support through people who have learned to live with an ostomy.

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