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 Colostomy Irrigation
Colostomy irrigation is a way to regulate bowel movements by emptying the colon at a scheduled time. Read about it here.
Living With a Colostomy
Having a colostomy requires adjustments, but doesn't have to change your life. Learn more from WebMD.
Colostomy Questions and Answers
WebMD provides answers to questions about living with a colostomy, including care, travel, and supplies.
Guide to Colostomy Bags
Need to use a colostomy bag? Here's what you should know about them.