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There are many reasons a person may need a colostomy that range from trauma to debilitating illnesses. Explore the most common reasons people get colostomies.
There are many medical reasons that your doctor or surgeon may recommend a colostomy, but they all have one thing in common – your colon cannot eliminate stool normally through the rectum. This may be because of an illness or an injury.
You’re not alone
During colostomy surgery, a stoma is created to remove or bypass an injured or diseased part of the colon. A colostomy is usually considered the best option only after other treatment options have been considered. Exceptions include life-threatening trauma injuries or infection, which may require immediate attention. Many people seek a second opinion before having this life-changing procedure.
However, if your healthcare providers have all come to the same conclusion – that a colostomy is your best course of action – you’re not alone. Around the world, tens of thousands of people of all ages – from newly born to elderly – undergo ostomy surgery each year.
Why do I need a colostomy?
Below is a list of some of the more common reasons for colostomy surgery:
Whatever your reason for needing a colostomy, it’s important to talk to your healthcare team so you can get as much information about your specific condition and why the surgery is your best option. They can answer your questions and address your concerns.
View or print the full PDF booklet: Understanding Your Colostomy.
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The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.