What is a Stoma?
Stoma surgery results in a small opening on the surface of the abdomen being surgically created in order to alter the flow of feces and/or urine, often called, "stoma output". A stoma looks a lot like a small spout and because it does not have nerve endings it does not feel pain. A healthy stoma is deep red and it looks a lot like the inside of a healthy mouth.
What is a Recessed Stoma?
A stoma generally sticks out from the side of the abdomen this helps the output enter the pouch easier. However, sometimes the stoma is "recessed" or retracted. The stoma can be flush against the skin or just shorter than what is normally expected. This can cause problems because the opening of the stoma does not reach the inside of the ostomy pouch. This can cause the output to cover the skin around the stoma or go between the wafer and the pouch which can cause leaks and damage skin. What is a Convex wafer? [More]