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A 33-year-old member asked:

How is a colostomy usually done?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Surgery: A colostomy is a surgical procedure where the colon is divided after which the upstream part is sewn to the abdominal wall so that the bowel contents can be collected in a bag worn on the abdominal wall, thereby bypassing the anus. This may be permanent (for low rectal cancer) or temporary (after emergency colon surgery). This may be done via laparoscopic or open surgery, depending on the reason.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Where is a colostomy usually done? At a hospital?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Always.: Creation of a colostomy requires general anesthesia and, depending on the indications for surgery and what else is being done, an in-patient stay in the hospital.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2019

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