A colostomy is an opening in the belly (abdominal wall) that is made during surgery. The end of the colon (large intestine)is brought through this opening to form a stoma. Where the stoma will be on the abdomen depends on which part of the colon is used to make it. Some colostomies are large, some small; some are on the left side of the abdomen, some are on the right side, others may be in the middle. An enterostomal therapy (ET) nurseor the surgeon will figure out the best location for your stoma. (An ET nurse is a specially trained registered nurse who takes care of and teaches ostomy patients. This nurse may also be called a Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse – WOC -- or an ostomy nurse.)
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