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There are three types of ostomies, or stomas, that are the most common. Learn what makes them different from each other.
There are different types of ostomies. The three most common ones are colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy. Each ostomy procedure is done for different reasons. Although there are many similarities with these three ostomies, there are also important differences.
A colostomy is a surgically-created opening into the colon (large intestine) through the abdomen. Its purpose is to allow the stool to bypass a diseased or damaged part of the colon. The output from a colostomy includes liquid or formed stool (or somewhere in between), gas, and odor.
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An ileostomy is a surgically created opening into the small intestine through the abdomen. With an ileostomy, a section of the small intestine and large intestine (colon) have been removed or bypassed. The output from an ileostomy after surgery is generally a steady liquid type of drainage. Over time though, the stool will become thicker and more paste-like.
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A urostomy is a surgically-created opening to drain urine. A urostomy allows urine to flow out of the body after the bladder has been removed or bypassed. The output from a urostomy is urine and possibly some mucus.
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What you should know about your ostomy type
As you work with your healthcare team, you’ll learn more about living with your type of stoma, including how to establish a skin care routine, eat healthy, exercise, travel, and other important lifestyle tips.
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