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Colostomy Surgery

A colostomy is created out of the end of the large intestine to divert waste from your digestive system. After you have this surgery, you will pass waste through a stoma that is located on your abdomen.
The location of your colostomy is determined by the location of the damaged portion of your colon or to divert stool from a wound in the perianal area. The pictures below demonstrate the different areas in which a colostomy can be placed. Depending on placement and reason for the stoma, these can be permanent or temporary.1

Ascending Colostomy

  • In the ascending (vertical section, on your right) colon
  • Uncommon type of colostomy
  • Stool is liquid to semi-liquid

Ascending Colostomy

Transverse Colostomy

  • In the transverse (horizontal section, across the abdomen) colon
  • Stool is liquid to semi-formed
  • Usually constructed as a loop
  • Usually temporary

Transverse Colostomy

Descending Colostomy

  • In the descending (vertical section, on your left) colon
  • A more common type of colostomy
  • Stool is semi-formed 1

Descending Colostomy

Sigmoid Colostomy

  • In the lower left portion of the large intestine on your left, just before the rectum
  • Stool is formed 1

Sigmoid Colostomy

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Before Surgery

Here you can learn about ostomy surgery and prepare you with helpful questions to ask your doctor or nurse.

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Before Surgery

Preparing for Stoma Surgery

Stoma surgery can be scary, but you’re in good company. We can help you get ready—physically and mentally.

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Ostomy Types

Colostomy Surgery

A colostomy is created out of the end of the large intestine to divert waste from your digestive system.

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Ostomy Types

Ileostomy Surgery

An ileostomy is created out of the ileum (small intestine) and requires some particular but simple attention to keep you comfortable and healthy.

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Ostomy Products

Esteem+ Flex and Soft Convex

Esteem™+ Flex and Soft Convex are part of the Esteem™+ one-piece convex portfolio which offers a range of products designed to address different stoma shapes and sizes.

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Ostomy Types

Urostomy Surgery

A urostomy is a type of surgery which enables urine to exit the body through a stoma after removal of a diseased or damaged portion of your urinary tract.

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Before Surgery

How is a stoma surgically created

All stomas are not created equal. They vary in size, shape, location and construction.

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Before Surgery

At Your Pre-Surgery Visit

Like most people who are preparing for ostomy surgery, you may be wondering what to expect.

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Before Surgery

In the hospital

Stoma placement may also be discussed in your pre-surgery visit. If your surgeon does not discuss stoma placement with you, we encourage you to ask about it before surgery.

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Getting Back Into Life

Immediate Weeks Following Surgery

When you are in the hospital, you will be taught how to care for your stoma.

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1. Corona, L. Adams, K. Ostomy.org. Living with a Colostomy. Accessed Nov 2022. https://www.ostomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/UOAA_Living_with_a_Colostomy_Guide-2022-11.pdf

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