Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

FEBRERO 2016 N° 1 Volumen 19

Ostomy as a cause for work disability

Section: Trabajos del Sector

How to quote

Crespo Fontán MB, Corbal Obelleiro AI, Abilleira Torres MF, Comesaña Goberna MD, Suárez Sanmartín MD, Núñez Losada ME, et al. La ostomía como causa de incapacidad laboral. Metas Enferm feb 2016; 19(1): 27-31.


Mª Beatriz Crespo Fontán1, Ana Isabel Corbal Obelleiro1, Mª Flora Abilleira Torres1, Mª Dolores Comesaña Goberna1, Mª Dolores Suárez Sanmartín1, Mª Elisa Núñez Losada1, Mª José Calvo Varela2


1Enfermera de EOXI Pontevedra y Salnes2TCAE de EOXI Pontevedra y Salnes

Contact address

Mª Beatriz Crespo Fontán. Consulta de Estomaterapia, 5ª planta. Av. Montecelo, s/n. 36071 Pontevedra

Contact email: beatriz.crespo.fontan@sergas.es


It is a fact that a high number of persons with ostomy, regardless of their profession before surgery, become legally disabled to continue with their work activity. Based on the experience of nurses specialized in care for ostomized patients, doubts have arisen about those potential cases in which persons are able to continue conducting their activity, once their health status allows them to. We present the case of a 40-year-old patient, who is a professional Scuba diver, diagnosed with colon adenocarcinoma, surgically treated with abdominoperineal resection and permanent colostomy, who was subsequently treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The willingness by the Scuba diver to engage again in his professional work, together with the advice and support by the stoma therapist nurse and collaboration from staff in other hospital units, made it possible to plan a strategy in order to reverse this situation, so that he could go back to his profession. Since then, this person leads a normal life, irrigating himself and using a shutter, conducting submarine immersions of sports nature with an oxygen bottle up to 40 metres, without showing complications or limitations which might prevent him from conducting his professional activity adequately.


Ostomized patient; ostomy; work disability; stoma therapist nurse; quality of life; work life

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La ostomía como causa de incapacidad laboral