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 done when the digestive system or urinary system
is unable to remove waste from the body. The doctor attaches the end of the small or
large intestine or the end of the ureter to the outside of the body. The point at
which the ureter or intestine protrudes from the abdominal wall is called the
stoma. Through this opening, waste can
leave the body and flow into a collection system for disposal.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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