Ostomy Glossary: Colostomy, Ileostomy, Urostomy Information (F)

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Ostomy Glossary

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Faceplate

Also known as wafer, skin barrier or simply barrier, the faceplate is attached around the stoma over the peristomal skin. It is a ring made of either plastic or rubber that comes in different thicknesses and varied outer and inner diameters. The Faceplate is called that as it “faces” the ostomy bag and protects the peristomal skin from stoma leaks.

Familial Polyposis

Also known a Familial Colon cancer and Familial Polyposis Syndrome, it is a genetic disease that develops carcinogen polyps on the large intestine and the rectum. The polyps at the onset are benign, but turn malignant after a few years. People may acquire colon and rectum cancer (cancerous polyps) from Familial Polyposis anytime between 30 and 50 years of age. At that stage a proctocolectomy is the only remedy. The surgical options available could be a Brooke Ileostomy, a Koch Pouch, or an Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis (IPAA). The Brooke Ileostomy would leave a permanent stoma and would require use an ostomy bag. The others would create an internal pouch and would not demand use of ostomy appliances, except for a stoma cap and a catheter in the case of the Koch Pouch.

Flange

Also called a wafer. It’s a ring that is key part of two-piece ostomy bag system. It is used together with the skin barrier that goes on the peristomal skin. The ostomy bag affixes to the barrier.

Flush Stoma

A stoma that is leveled with the peristomal skin. It does not protrude through ostomy. A flush stoma may require the use of convex ostomy bag appliances.

Fistula

A faulty connection in an organ.

Fistula-in-Ano

Please see: Anal Fistula

Folliculitis

Inflammation of a follicle or follicles normally resulting from a Staphylococcus Aureus infection.

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