- Ostomy refers to a surgical procedure resulting in the external diversion of feces and urine through an abdominal stoma.
- The most common ostomies are a colostomy and ileostomy for feces, and a urostomy for urine. These procedures are performed on all age groups from the neonate to the elderly.
- Ostomies can be either temporary or permanent and are performed for a number of etiologies such as, but not limited to: colorectal cancer (36%); inflammatory bowel disease (15%); bladder cancer (12%); diverticulitis (11%); necrotizing enterocolitis, congenital anomalies, Hirschsprung’s disease and other cancers and conditions such as obstruction, perforation and trauma.
Ostomy Care and Management