A colostomy is a surgical procedure where the healthy end of the colon is connected to the outside of the abdomen, forming a stoma whereas an ileostomy connects the small intestine to the abdominal wall. Fecal matter, gas, and other excretions then exits through the stoma into a colostomy bag. A colostomy may be temporary and reversed at a later date or be permanent.


Potential Complications

- Surgery related complications during and post procedure
- Bleeding inside your belly
- Irritation of the skin surrounding the stoma
- Herniation of the incision location
- Retraction of the stoma
- Enterocutaneous fistula at the incision location.
- A prolapse of the stoma
- Blockage or narrowing of the stoma
- Scar tissue causing complications such as blockages and pain

Diversion Colitis

When a colostomy is performed and large intestine or rectum is left in place, the potential for Diversion Colitis arises. Patients should be aware of this complication and its symptoms.

Types of Colostomies

Temporary Versus Permanent Colostomy

Temporary Colostomy

A temporary colostomy can be reversed at a later day.

Permanent Colostomy

If you have a permanent colostomy, it is recommended that your remaining bowel be removed to decrease the chances of colon cancer and diversion colitis.

Causes Leading To Colostomy

- Severe Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Perforation
- Trauma
- Colon Cancer

Colostomy Discussion and Support

We have a colostomy discussion and support forum called the, "Stoma Subforum" located here.


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