A colostomy bag (or pouch) is worn on the outside of the body
to collect waste that normally passes through the digestive system. The bag is
needed after a portion of the colon has been surgically removed.
A person may need a colostomy bag temporarily until the colon has healed
from the surgery. Or they may need the bag permanently if the entire lower part of the colon was
removed. Solid waste passes from the remaining part of the colon through an
opening (stoma) in the body. The bag doesn't show under clothing. Many people are able to take care of their colostomy bags
on their own.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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