A colostomy is a surgical procedure that involves suturing off the loop of the small intestine, that is brought out onto the surface of the skin or through a colostomy bag in order to pass fecal waste in a way that is more efficient for certain human bodies after certain surgeries, or due to other certain medical problems related to the problem of passing waste normally. Colostomies typically employ the use of a colostomy bag in order to efficiently remove waste from the body.
Colostomies are important and relatively normal for patients who suffer from intestinal problems. They are typically surgically created after a disease or injury has rendered a patient’s use of intestines to be impossible or difficult, or if their intestines have become impassable and the body needs another way to remove waste in an efficient and safe manner.
Causes of colostomies are varied, but in general they are related to the intestinal area of the body and work to make the removal of waste more efficient. Causes can revolve around intestinal issues and problems like Crohn’s disease, intestinal blockages, colon cancer, or other colon and intestinal medical problems. These problems case the patient to be unable to pass waste, thus rendering a colostomy necessary.
When the medical community makes that determination, colostomy surgery takes place and the surgeon sutures off the intestine permanently due to reasons like colon and rectal cancer, among others, and allows for the patient to remove waste in a different manner. This allows a patient to live a perfectly normal life in what otherwise would have been a very difficult situation.
Symptoms do not present in the typical way, as colostomies are surgical issues and not medical disorders like other diseases. Nevertheless, the need for a colostomy manifests itself in the difficulty in passing feces through the intestines and colons, and is needed when the intestines are blocked or otherwise rendered useless in some way due to a disorder or an accident.
Colostomies can make passing waste much easier for people with colon and rectal cancers, as well as for quadriplegics and those unable to use their intestines and colon in the traditional sense. People who experience colostomies can go on to lead perfectly healthy and fulfilling lives after the surgery, and can improve their quality of life drastically after going through said surgery.