Colostomy for Colorectal Cancer

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Anatomy of the colon and rectum
The colon and rectum and where they are in the body
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The large intestine (colon) extends from the cecum to the anus and includes the ascending colon, the transverse colon, the descending colon, the sigmoid colon, and the rectum.

Colon cancer site
Cancer in the wall of the descending colon
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Cancer is shown in a section of the descending colon.

Colon section removed
Possible stoma sites
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Surgery removes the section of colon that contains cancer.

Remaining colon attached to create a stoma
A stoma for a colostomy
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The surgeon connects the end of the remaining section of the colon to an opening made in the skin. This creates a stoma.

Colostomy pouch in place
A colostomy bag positioned on the stoma
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Body waste passes from the colon through the stoma into a colostomy pouch (or bag), which is taped to your body.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

Current as of: November 14, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery