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Could getting a colectomy mean i'll need a colostomy bag?

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In brief: If it is an elective

Operation, only rarely, depends on location of abnormality for which the colectomy is being done.
If you need to have a complete procto-colectomy, yes, you would need a permanent colostomy. In all other cases, a colostomy would usually be a temporary one, even if necessary. If it is a right hemi-colectomy or an ileo-colectomy, chances of a stoma are very low. Ask your surgeon for specifics.

In brief: If it is an elective

Operation, only rarely, depends on location of abnormality for which the colectomy is being done.
If you need to have a complete procto-colectomy, yes, you would need a permanent colostomy. In all other cases, a colostomy would usually be a temporary one, even if necessary. If it is a right hemi-colectomy or an ileo-colectomy, chances of a stoma are very low. Ask your surgeon for specifics.
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