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What is a colostomy, and why do so many people need them after colon cancer surgery?
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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Colostomy
A colostomy is the end of the colon brought through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin.
A "bag" is placed over this to collect the stool. It is a possibility for rectal cancer, not typically needed for colon cancer. It is not really that common but is needed it the cancer involves the anal sphincters.

In brief: Colostomy
A colostomy is the end of the colon brought through the abdominal wall and attached to the skin.
A "bag" is placed over this to collect the stool. It is a possibility for rectal cancer, not typically needed for colon cancer. It is not really that common but is needed it the cancer involves the anal sphincters.
Dr. Donald Kim
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Exteriorized large i
A colostomy is the colon exteriorized to the abdominal wall for sttol evacuation into an external pouch.
Bowel obstruction from a tumor at the time of surgery and very low rectal cancers are some of the indications for a colostomy. Most people with colon cancer do not have a colostomy.

In brief: Exteriorized large i
A colostomy is the colon exteriorized to the abdominal wall for sttol evacuation into an external pouch.
Bowel obstruction from a tumor at the time of surgery and very low rectal cancers are some of the indications for a colostomy. Most people with colon cancer do not have a colostomy.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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