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Ostomy surgery is a life-saving procedure that allows bodily waste to pass through a surgically created stoma on the abdomen into a prosthetic known as a ‘pouch’ or ‘ostomy bag’ on the outside of the body or an internal surgically created pouch for continent diversion surgeries. An ostomy may be necessary due to birth defects, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, incontinence, and many other medical conditions. They are also necessary in cases of severe abdominal or pelvic trauma resulting from accidents or injuries sustained during military service.

What are the different types of stomas?

There are several different types of stomas. Some of the most common examples include:


What’s the difference between an ostomy and a stoma?
A stoma is a general term referring to an opening created during an ostomy surgical procedure. A stoma may be made in different areas of your body depending on the goal of the surgery.

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Ostomy or continent diversion surgery can occur at any age and does not lower life expectancy but is the start of a “new normal” life.

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