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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Ostomy

Undergoing ostomy surgery can be overwhelming. It is difficult to learn everything you need to know while you are in the hospital. We have certified ostomy nurses in the hospital, homecare, and clinic settings to serve you and to help you return to an active, productive life.

Heart of Iowa Ostomy Support Group

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines offers an ostomy support group. We are an ostomy support group in Central Iowa available for patients who have undergone or will be undergoing ostomy surgery. We are affiliated with the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA).  The UOAA is a national network for bowel and urinary diversion support groups in the United States. To learn more about the  UOAA, go to www.ostomy.org. Our meetings are open to anyone who wants to learn more about ostomy surgery.

We welcome people who may undergo ostomy surgery, people with new surgery, people who have had their ostomy for a long time, family members, medical personnel, and caregivers. 

We meet the first Wednesday from 5 - 6 p.m in the months March to November. Meetings will take place at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in the Powell 5 classroom. Park on the South side of the hospital, enter under the blue awning, take the elevator to Powell 5. Please call 515-241-8070 to confirm the meeting will be held. Sometimes inclement weather or other situations arise and the meeting time may be altered.

Our meetings are designed to promote camaraderie, support and education. We discuss activity, travel, exercise, clothing, intimacy, medications, odor control, trouble shooting, socialization, caregiver support, physical and emotional adjustment 

Typically 12-15 attend. We encourage ostomates to include their spouses, significant others or other important support people in their lives to attend.

Our meetings start with a welcome and greeting. The meetings typically include a guest speaker. Our speakers include Ostomy Nurses, Therapists, Pharmacists, Dietitians, Doctors and ostomy manufacturer's representatives who provide samples and demonstrate their company's new ostomy supplies. After the speaker or topic, there is time for discussion.

The meetings are a time to discuss challenges that are particular to your form of surgery with other people who for many years have been down the same road. The helpful hints passed around during this time of sharing are invaluable. The meetings are open forum – no ostomy related subject is taboo. These meetings are a wonderful opportunity to get questions answered by individuals who have experienced the same concerns and challenges that you may be experiencing. However, if you don't feel like sharing or asking questions, you can simply  listen. There are ostomy nurses who attend the meetings to answer questions specific to health related issues.

Please join us for an uplifting and informative time. We would love to see you!

Additional Resources

Websites

Books

  • Benirschke, R. Alive and Kicking. Firefly Press. 1996.
  • Benirschke, R. Great Comebacks from Ostomy Surgery. ConvaTec. 2002
  • Benitez, S. and Brody, J. Bag Lady: a Memoir. Benitez Books. 2006.
  • Elsagher, B. I'd Like to Buy a Bowel Please! Expert Publishing. 2006.
  • Foley-Bolch, K. and Kassouf, M. and Sweeney, B. Yes, We Can. Chandler House Press. 2000.