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Date: 28 May 2023
Colorectal surgery: stomas
Some patients who have bowel surgery will need to have a stoma formed. A stoma is an artificial opening of the bowel onto the abdomen, through which faeces pass and a bag is worn to collect the faeces.
A stoma may be temporary or permanent depending on the surgery performed. An Ileostomy is where the final part of the small bowel is brought to the surface and a colostomy is where the large bowel is brought to the surface to form the stoma.
Having a stoma can take a large amount of getting used to as it is a major alteration of body image, you will receive information and support from the specialist team both whilst in hospital and on discharge.
We hold a weekly stoma clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital that you are welcome to attend. To book an appointment please call 0121 371 4501.
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