An Ostomy is a surgical construction of an artificial opening through the abdominal wall for the elimination of waste material after digestion. Common types of ostomy surgeries include:

 

Bowel Diversions:

  • Colostomy – a portion of the large intestine (colon) is removed or bypassed; requires an external pouch.
  • Ileostomy – the large intestine is removed or bypassed; requires an external pouch.
  • Continent Ileostomy – an internal pouch is constructed from a section of the small intestine, to be evacuated through the abdominal wall.
  • Ileoanal Reservoir – a pelvic pouch is constructed from the small intestine and attached to the anus for evacuation.

 

Bladder Diversions:

  • Urostomy – the bladder is removed or bypassed; requires an external pouch.
  • Continent Urostomy – the bladder is removed or bypassed; an internal conduit is constructed from the small or large intestine to be evacuated through the abdominal wall.

 


After 19 years, words cannot adequately address the positive influence that MMOA has had on me prior to and following my surgery.