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A Proctocolectomy is the surgical removal of the large intestine and the Rectum. The end of the intestine that is spared is attached to the outside of the body through a small incision made in the abdomen called a Ostomy.

The Anus is sewn closed because waste is now removed through the new opening in the abdomen. Waste is collected in an Ostomy bag which attaches to the Stoma.


1. Romito K and Vanagunas AD. "Proctocolectomy and Ileostomy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease." WebMD. Better information. Better health. Updated Oct 2010. Accessed May 2012.

2. UOAA. United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.

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