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The type of colostomy will differ based on the section of the colon involved. Explore the different kinds of colostomies and the expected output.
A colostomy can be temporary or permanent and can be made at almost any point along the large intestine (colon). The type of colostomy created will be based on the medical reason for the procedure and is often defined by the portion of the colon involved.
A temporary colostomy is usually performed when there is the likelihood that the affected portion of the colon will heal. Once healed, the colon is rejoined during a later surgery. It may take weeks, months, or years for the colon to heal and be rejoined, depending on each case.
Four types of colostomies
Every surgery is unique, and there are different reasons why you may need a colostomy. The colon is a long organ, so it is divided into sections that each have medical names. The four types of colostomies are named after the dissection location in the colon:
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