Temporary Colostomy

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Colostomy is a surgical procedure that brings one end of the large intestine out through the abdominal wall. Stools moving through the intestine drain into a bag attached to the abdomen.

Alternative Names

Intestinal opening


The procedure is usually done after:

  • Bowel blockage (obstruction)
  • Bowel resection
  • Injuries

The colostomy may be short-term or permanent.

Colostomy is done while you are under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free). It may either be done with a large surgical...

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