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Last Updated: 02 May 2022
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An ostomy is surgical treatment to produce an opening from an area inside the body to the exterior. It can be short-term, when the body organ requires time to heal. The body organ can be the small intestinal tract, bladder, anus, or colon. With an ostomy, there have to be a new way for wastes to leave the body. There are various types of ostomy. Some examples are: Ileostomy, all-time low of the small intestinal tract is affixed to the stoma. Colostomy, the colon is affixed to the stoma. Urostomy, the tubes that carry urine to the bladder are affixed to the stoma.

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