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What is a colostomy?

colostomy is a stoma made from the colon, also known as the large intestine… col (colon) – ostomy (stoma).

The colostomy may be formed using any part of the colon, but is most commonly found in the lower sections of the descending colon or sigmoid, the part closest to the rectum. A colostomy is usually formed on the left side of the abdomen.

The colostomy output is often more like normal stool (semi-solid to solid) and a closed pouch is usually used.