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What is fecal diversion?

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Fecal diversion refers to the creation of an ileostomy or colostomy. An ileostomy is an opening between the surface of the skin and the small intestine, while a colostomy is an opening between the surface of the skin and the colon. This opening is called a stoma. Fecal diversion is used to treat:

  • Complex rectal or anal problems (especially infections)
  • Colon cancer
  • Poor control of the bowels (incontinence)

From: Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Bowel Diversion Surgeries: Ileostomy, Colostomy, Ileoanal Reservoir, and Continent Ileostomy."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 13, 2017

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Bowel Diversion Surgeries: Ileostomy, Colostomy, Ileoanal Reservoir, and Continent Ileostomy."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 13, 2017

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