Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists (TCRS) is the only colorectal group in the area that offers specialized ostomy care. It is all part of our mission to make sure that every patient receives the highest quality of ostomy care not only during a procedure, but after as well.

Ostomy care services from certified enterostomal therapy nurses are currently available at two of our locations: Irving and Medical City Hospital of Dallas.

What is an Ostomy?

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening for the diversion of waste from the bowel or the bladder. Ostomies are necessary when part or all of the intestine or bladder are removed, and may be temporary or permanent. Some conditions that may lead to ostomy surgery include cancer, diverticulitis, polyps, birth defects, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease and trauma.

What is a Stoma?

A stoma is an artificial opening created by attaching a portion of your bowel to the skin on your abdomen allowing waste to be transferred to the outside of the body into a bag or pouch. A stoma can be permanent or temporary depending on the procedure, but all stomas require special care.

Adjusting to a stoma can be a big change, requiring not only medical support but emotional support as well. It’s the goal of TCRS to ensure that our patients resume normal life habits, be independent with their stoma care and have a positive self-image. Our nurses are trained to help patients modify the care of their stoma and address their needs for comfort, security and reliability.

Understanding the Various Types of Ostomy

There are several different types of ostomy: Colostomy

A surgically created opening in the abdominal wall that allows the passage of digested food. It may be temporary or permanent, depending upon the portion of the colon involved.

Ileostomy

A small surgically created opening in the small intestine through which digested food passes. It may be temporary or permanent, and may involve removal of all or part of the colon.

Colostomy

Ileostomy

Preparation for Your Appointment for Ostomy Care

Prior to your first appointment, complete the patient questionnaire provided to you by email. You will also need to bring a list of current medications, past and present wound care products, as well as insurance cards and necessary referrals.

At your first visit, we will begin by reviewing your medical history and current health status. A TCRS physician, along with a board-certified enterostomal therapy nurse, will perform a thorough assessment of your wound. A treatment plan will be developed using evidence-based practice. Then, with the unique approaches of our wound team, combined with our individualized care, you will be on your way to recovery.

Our enterostomal therapy nurses will provide your physician with regular progress reports regarding your care. Once your wound is healed, you will return to your physician’s care.

Keri Grimmett, RN, WCC, OMS

Meet Keri Grimmett, RN, WCC, OMS our ostomy nurse. She is a proud Dallas, Texas, native. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from El Centro College. Keri has been a nurse for eighteen years, and has greater than eight years of wound, ostomy, and continence care nursing experience. During that time she developed an interest in ostomy care due to a lack of help and resources for ostomy patients in the community. She completed her certification for wound care and ostomy management.

Keri has been a wound and ostomy consultant for several home health agencies and more than five hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area over the last four years. She is caring, compassionate and has a unique ability to connect with individuals. She enjoys helping and educating her patients. She is always available to help. The goal of ostomy services is to help the patient heal, return to normal daily activities faster, and enjoy the best possible quality of life.

When she is not at the clinic Keri enjoys boating, traveling and cooking.

To set up your ostomy care appointment, call 1-877-275-8277 or contact our Irving or Medical City location directly.

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