At Coast Colorectal, we assist patients on the Gold Coast and Tweed Coast who need stomas.
Stomas come in two major types – colostomy and ileostomy. Both kinds of stoma can be prepared or managed through Coast Colorectal. Here, we provide some basic information about stomas.
What is a Stoma?
A stoma is an opening in the bowel onto the abdominal wall. Using this opening, effluent can be collected into a bag that’s attached to the abdomen.
There are two main kinds of stoma. A colostomy is created using the large bowel (the colon), and an ileostomy is created using the small bowel (the ileum).
Many different surgical procedures might necessitate a stoma. In some cases, you might need to wear a bag temporarily, while in other cases, it might be a permanent part of managing your condition.
After a bowel operation, a temporary ileostomy is sometimes needed. This protects the join-up while it heals. After the initial recovery period, the join is checked with a specialist x-ray. Once it’s appropriate to do so, a further procedure will be arranged to close the stoma and remove the bag.