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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

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In brief: Bag is rarely needed

Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery.
It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery.

In brief: Bag is rarely needed

Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery.
It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery.
Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski
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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: No

If the distal colon is removed with the anal canal and sphincters, the proximal remaining bowel is brought out as a colostomy.
At one time there was an attempt to bring the proximal bowel out thru a weak or non functional anal sphincter. The bowel brought out as such had no control and patient had to wear a diaper at all times. The colostomy can be irrigated to eliminate need for a bag.

In brief: No

If the distal colon is removed with the anal canal and sphincters, the proximal remaining bowel is brought out as a colostomy.
At one time there was an attempt to bring the proximal bowel out thru a weak or non functional anal sphincter. The bowel brought out as such had no control and patient had to wear a diaper at all times. The colostomy can be irrigated to eliminate need for a bag.
Dr. Myron Arlen
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