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Posted by davers, on Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:51 am
is colostomy the same as  ostomy?
Reply by mooza, on Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:43 am
hmm  Well you have an ostomy !! ostomate ! mate
Reply by Pinky, on Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:57 am
Well, depends - you have a colostomy if your outlet is from the colon, an ileostomy if from the small bowel (ileum) or urostomy if it was done  as an outlet for urine because you lost your bladder.

Whatever ostomy you have, like Mooza said - You're an Ostomate!      Smile
Reply by eddie, on Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:07 pm
Sometimes treating diseases of the digestive or urinary systems involves removing all or part of your small intestine, colon, rectum or bladder. In these cases, there must be a new way for wastes to leave the body. The surgery to create the new opening in the abdomen is called ostomy. The opening is called a stoma.
There are many different types of ostomy. Some examples are
Ileostomy: The surgeon removes the colon and rectum and attaches the bottom of the small intestine (ileum) to the stoma. Colostomy: The surgeon removes the rectum and attaches the colon to the stoma. Urostomy: The surgeon attaches the ureters - the tubes that carry urine to the bladder - to either the small intestine or to the abdominal wall.
Reply by Ian, on Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:29 pm
ostomy means opening, i think it it Greek
Reply by airforce1, on Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:16 pm
where in nz you from i am in wanganui
Reply by Immarsh, on Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:52 pm
Just a little more information....

if you have the opening in the colon ( colostomy) or have all of the colon removed and the opening is in the "ilium" of the small bowel......

....It's the bowel that's brought out onto  the abdomen, and "fashioned into the stoma",  I was once told that it's folded back,  much like rolling up a sleeve, and it's then sutured to the abdominal wall.   The exposed stoma is actually the inside of the bowel.   The area where the stoma meets the abdomen is very sensitive, and the skin may break down and bleed, but it can heal easily with the right products and care.  

Understanding the structure, also helps in the care.  

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