The Ostomy Associations of Southern California (OASC) are independent ostomy support groups that share this website. They are affiliated with the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA, logo above).
An ostomy support group is a non-profit organization of volunteers devoted to the rehabilitation of persons who have undergone intestinal or bladder surgery resulting in ostomies (colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy) or alternate procedures (J-pouch, pull-through).
The groups provide visitors for new patients, and mutual aid and information for all patients, whether group members or not. Most publish a newsletter and hold meetings. Detailed information on each group can be obtained by visiting the group's sub-website. These are available by clicking the name of the group of interest in one of the blue menu bars at the top or bottom of this page. The groups share this website to promote communication among their leaders and members, and to provide a point for patients and others to visit to find a support group near them. Each group has one or more web pages on its sub-website.
Current groups are:
Ostomy Support Group of North San
Diego County and
Ostomy Association of San Diego.
Click the group's name here or
in one of the blue menu bars at the top or bottom of this page to visit that particular group's
Home Page. Brochures for both groups are available for reading, downloading,
and/or printing. Simply click the appropriate link:
Ostomy Association of San Diego (in English)
Ostomy Support Group of North San Diego County (in English)
Ostomy Support Group of North San Diego County (en Español)
Ostomy care guides, in both English and Spanish, are available for reading, printing, and/or downloading on the Documents Page of this site. The Links Page has active web links to other organizations involved in ostomy rehabilitation. General contact information is available on the Contact Us Page, and more specific group information on most group pages. Three pages of information for Spanish-speaking people, a group Information Poster, and a list of Ostomy RN Clinics are also available. To view any of these pages, simply click the appropriate link in a blue menu or sub-menu.
Links to some of the pages in this website are in the blue menu bars at the top or bottom of the page; in addition, some of the menu items have "pull-down" sub-menus with links to other pages. Position your cursor over the link in the bar, and the sub-menu will appear. Links to the Documents, Links, and Contact Us Pages are in the Home Page sub-menu. Links to pages with more specific information for each group are in the sub-menu for that group. Links to pages of interest to Spanish-speaking people are in the Information en Espanol menu and its sub-menu.
Summer Travel: The UOAA Ostomate's Travel Card is now posted on the Documents Page. Look well down on the page for "Reference Cards"; the Travel Card is immediately below. Simply click its picture or name, print the PDF file on card stock, then cut and prepare the card to carry with you. It could save you much trouble going through airport security, etc.