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Why would a colostomy be performed?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Colostomy may

Be needed for cancers too close to the rectal muscles to maintain continence, or any time that stool needs to be diverted away from necessary healing in the low pelvis.
The former is not reversible, the latter is.

In brief: Colostomy may

Be needed for cancers too close to the rectal muscles to maintain continence, or any time that stool needs to be diverted away from necessary healing in the low pelvis.
The former is not reversible, the latter is.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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In brief: See below

There are many factors to consider. Usually a colostomy is performed because of an inability to safely reconnect the colon together. It could be due to disease, infection, cancer, radiation, poor tissues or ill health.
If the colon leaked internally at a weak connection, then a serious and potentially life threatening infection can occur. The surgeon has many considerations to make at surgery.

In brief: See below

There are many factors to consider. Usually a colostomy is performed because of an inability to safely reconnect the colon together. It could be due to disease, infection, cancer, radiation, poor tissues or ill health.
If the colon leaked internally at a weak connection, then a serious and potentially life threatening infection can occur. The surgeon has many considerations to make at surgery.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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