100,000 ostomy surgeries are performed annually in the United States.
The most common specific types of ostomies
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The surgically created opening of the colon (large intestine) which results in a stoma. A colostomy is created when a portion of the colon or the rectum is removed and the remaining colon is brought to the abdominal wall. It may further be defined by the portion of the colon involved and/or its permanence.
This is a general term for a surgical procedure which diverts urine away from a diseased or defective bladder. The ileal or cecal conduit procedures are the most common urostomies. Either a section at the end of the small bowel (ileum) or at the beginning of the large intestine (cecum) is surgically removed and relocated as a passageway (conduit) for urine to pass from the kidneys to the outside of the body through a stoma. It may include removal of the diseased bladder.
A surgically created opening from the ileum, the lowest part of the small intestine. The intestine is brought through the abdominal wall to form a stoma. Ileostomies may be temporary or permanent, and may involve removal of all or part of the colon.
A surgically created (J-shaped) internal reservoir made from an individual’s own small intestine as an alternate way to store and pass stool. The ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA) surgery is the most common pelvic pouch (see also, S, W, Kock pouch) surgery performed and most typically used to treat those with ulcerative colitis and inherited conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). J-Pouch creation is most often a multi-step surgery that requires a temporary ileostomy (stoma) on the abdomen and the use of an external pouching system to eliminate waste. When successful the stoma is reversed and patients return to expelling waste through the anus. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and serious risks of this surgery.
There are two main continent procedure alternatives to the ileal or cecal conduit (others exist). In both the Indiana and Kock pouch versions, a reservoir or pouch is created inside the abdomen using a portion of either the small or large bowel. A valve is constructed in the pouch and a stoma is brought through the abdominal wall. A catheter or tube is inserted several times daily to drain urine from the reservoir.
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Ostomy Patient Guide
UOAA understands how important it is for you to have trusted information. In the New Ostomy Patient Guide you will find surgery specific answers from medical professionals to many basic questions. Also included are information and tips about living with your ostomy, and profiles of people who have returned to a full and productive life after surgery.
Funding and support for UOAA’s 2020 New Ostomy Patient Guide provided by Takeda.