Ostomy

An ostomy is a surgical procedure in which an opening is created in the body for the discharge of body wastes. The term ostomy is used to describe both the procedure and the opening that is created during the procedure.

An ostomy is performed when the digestive system or urinary system is unable to remove waste from the body. By attaching the end of the small or large intestine or the end of the ureter to the outside of the body, waste can leave the body and flow into a collection system for disposal. The point at which the ureter or intestine protrudes from the abdominal wall is called the stoma.

Last Updated: October 9, 2008

Author: Monica Rhodes

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology

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