Understanding the Basics of Ostomies and Pelvic Pouches

Learn from an enterostomal therapy nurse about the basics of ostomies and pelvic pouches, and how to live well with an ostomy or pelvic pouch following surgery for Crohn's or colitis.


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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