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.
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 Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection
Colorectal cancer may be treated with a laparoscopic abdominoperineal resection, an operation in which the anus, rectum, and sigmoid colon are removed and a colostomy performed. Learn more from WebMD.
Guide to Colostomy Bags
Need to use a colostomy bag? Here's what you should know about them.
Living With a Colostomy
What to expect when you have a colostomy.