Charleston Area Ostomy Association

About Us

The Charleston Area Ostomy Association (CAOA) was established in 1974 by a pioneering group of individuals in Charleston, West Virginia. During that time, ostomy products were in the early evolution and learning from others experiences was desired by many to help with the coping process after this lifesaving surgery. A stigma is often attached to having an ostomy due to false stories or a misunderstanding. Ostomy surgery is often temporary and is a life saving intervention for many individuals. Times have changed and so have the needs of our members. Science and industry now make ostomy products very concealing, and comfortable.

We DO NOT provide medical treatment, advice or medical referral.

Any information provided in our newsletters or during visitation is considered general information, and may not be appropriate for everyone. You should consult with your physician or ostomy nurse to best meet your needs.