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- A colostomy is a surgically created, artificial opening (stoma) into the colon through the abdomen. It may be temporary or permanent.
- A temporary colostomy is normally made for diversion of fecal material. Fecal diversion is utilized in order to rest a portion of the colon following intestinal surgery, in preparation for further surgery, or in cases of severe inflammatory disease (such as diverticulitis).
- A permanent colostomy serves as an artificial anus for the remainder of the patients life. This procedure is done in conjunction with the removal of the lower bowel and rectum. Although there is no sphincter muscle control at the stoma, bowel movements may be controlled by a daily routine that encompasses diet, physical activity, and colostomy irrigations. Consistency of the bowel movements generally depends upon the location of the colostomy (see figure 1-5), but can be manipulated by the patients choice of diet.
- Whether temporary or permanent, a colostomy can be very distressing to the patient. Patients with colostomies require encouragement, understanding, and assistance in overcoming the negative emotions associated with a colostomy, and in learning independence and self-sufficiency in living with a colostomy.