A colostomy connects the colon to the abdominal wall and an opening called a stoma is formed. It is a surgical procedure that is sometimes used if the colon is unable to function because of cancer or diseases like ulcerative colitis. If you have a colostomy, you will need to make lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, getting used to wearing the colostomy supplies, and preventing infection. Some people may choose colostomy irrigation rather than a bag to remove waste. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a colostomy works, why it is sometimes needed, how to care for a colostomy, and much more.
Living With a Colostomy
Having a colostomy requires adjustments, but doesn't have to change your life. Learn more from WebMD.
Colostomy for Colorectal Cancer
Information on surgery called colostomy for colorectal cancer.
The Basics of Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion
Laparoscopic fecal diversion is a type of surgery for some bowel problems. Fecal diversion inculdes ileostomy and colostomy. Learn more.
The Basics of Colostomy Irrigation
Colostomy irrigation is a way to regulate bowel movements by emptying the colon at a scheduled time. Read about it here.
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Colon problemsA partial colectomy is surgery to remove part of the large intestine (colon). This surgery is often needed for health problems such as diverticulitis, cancer, Crohn's disease, or colitis. These diseases can lead to problems with the colon, such as blockage, inflammation, lack of blood supply, or perforation.A partial colectomy is also called a bowel resection. Colon section removed First, the surgeon removes part of your colon. Colon ends reattachedIn many cases, the surgeon can reattach the ends of the colon in the same surgery. The ends can be reattached end to end, side to side, or side to end. But sometimes the ends can't be reattached until the colon has had some time to heal. In this case, the surgeon will need to create a stoma. Stoma createdTo create a stoma, the surgeon makes an opening in your belly and connects part of the intestine to that opening in the skin. This opening is the stoma. After you have this operation, which is called a colostomy, waste will
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Illustration copyright 2003 Nucleus Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.nucleusinc.comA colostomy pouch (or bag) is worn on the outside of the body to collect waste that normally passes through the digestive system. The pouch is needed after a portion of the colon has been surgically removed. ...
Slideshow: Ulcerative Colitis Surgery -- What to Expect
See the different surgeries used to treat ulcerative colitis. Learn when it may be needed, what is involved, and possible complications and benefits.