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What happens during a colostomy?

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It you get a colostomy, your surgeon will remove the damaged or diseased part of your colon. She'll pull out the healthy part of colon and attach it to a small opening in your abdomen -- the stoma. Then you’ll get a plastic pouch over the stoma to collect wastes. You'll stay in the hospital for a few days to a week after your surgery. Before you leave there, a doctor or nurse will teach you how to change the bag and keep the skin around your stoma clean.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

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