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How do you locate a local ostomy support group?

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The United Ostomy Associations of America website has a list of ostomy support groups that can be searched by ZIP code, provided the group is in the United States, its website states. There is a separate listing for groups outside of the United States.

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The United Ostomy Associations of America, Incorporated has a large list of ostomy support groups across the world. There are numerous groups in the United States and several groups in Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. In addition, there are accommodations for those that do not have groups conveniently located to them or who are unable to leave their homes: groups that are virtual and located online. There are over 15 such groups, according to the UOAA.

There are over 340 UOAA-affiliated ostomy support groups as of 2015, and that number is constantly growing, and the group updates the website frequently as new groups join, the UOAA website states. These groups are in demand due to the different kinds of ostomies and their frequency in surgeries.

HealthCommunities.com defines an ostomy as a surgical procedure that creates an opening in an organ when the organ fails to function normally. There are many different kind of ostomies, including colostomies (in the colon), ileostomies (in the abdomen) and urostomies (in the urinary tract).

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