Day 17 – My DictiOSTOMY!
This is something that is commonly confused, especially by the media, so this is basically it in my version of a dictionary – My DictiOSTOMY
Stoma, literally translated, means ‘mouth’ or opening. In this case referring to the opening from the colon coming through the abdomen.
The more common, or at least the most referred too, is the colostomy. A colostomy is formed by a stoma being made from the large intestine and brought through the abdomen wall. A colostomy bag can then be attached to the skin to collect any waste. A colostomy hangs on the persons left side.
An ileostomy is basically the same as a colostomy but it is made from the small intestine and the waste is generally still a liquid. An ileostomy bag is then attached to the skin again to collect waste. An ileostomy hangs on the persons right side.
Keeping it general, it is referring to be both colostomy’s and ileostomy’s.
Someone who has an ostomy.
So there you have it, a little break down of the lingo so you know what we are all talking about! 🙂
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