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Colostomy Creation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is colostomy creation?

Colostomy creation is surgery that brings part of your colon (bowel) to the surface of your abdomen. This creates a small opening in your abdomen called a stoma. Bowel movements pass through the stoma and into a pouch that is attached to your abdomen.

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Why do I need a colostomy?

Colostomy creation is often done to remove parts of your colon that are injured or diseased. You may need a colostomy for conditions such as colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Trauma to the abdomen may also require a colostomy.

How long will I need a colostomy?

What are the types of colostomy?

Your healthcare provider will choose a colostomy type based on the reasons for the surgery and your general health. Types of colostomies include the following:

What will happen when I meet with an ostomy specialist?

Bring a family member or friend with you to learn how to help you. Write down any questions you may have so you will remember to ask them during your meetings.

How do I prepare for a colostomy creation?

What will happen during my surgery?

What should I expect after my surgery?

You will be monitored until you are fully awake. You will have to stay in the hospital for up to a week. During your stay you will learn how to take care of your stoma and the skin around it. You will also learn how to use the ostomy supplies.

What are the risks of a colostomy creation?

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