• stool
  • Some colostomy reversals leave the patient unable to control his bowels as well as before, and can affect the frequency of elimination and the consistency of stool, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. (ehow.co.uk)
  • The end of the colon that comes from the stomach is cleaned and brought through the abdominal wall through another incision to provide an opening for the colon to expel gas and stool into a colostomy bag that is sealed to the skin (with various adhesives) and changed as needed. (medicinenet.com)
  • Certain foods can help make the colostomy more manageable by reducing odors or making the stool thicker. (wisegeek.com)
  • diverticulitis
  • Some conditions for which colostomies are performed include diverticulitis (inflammation and sometimes infection of the intestines), cancer, Crohns disease, intestinal obstruction and birth defects, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. (ehow.co.uk)
  • takedown
  • this is usually done out of impossibility to perform a "double-barrel" or Mikulicz colostomy, which is preferred because it makes "takedown" (reoperation to restore normal intestinal continuity by means of an anastomosis) considerably easier. (wikipedia.org)
  • rectal
  • She was treated successfully for rectal cancer in 1994, and wrote a memoir, Second Act: Life After Colostomy and Other Adventures, about the experience. (wikipedia.org)
  • find
  • The predecessor of the Colostomy Association was the Colostomy Welfare Group, formed in 1967 following a pilot survey to find out if there was need for a national service for colostomates in the United Kingdom. (wikipedia.org)
  • skin
  • In simple terms, a colostomy is when the colon is cut in half and the end leading to the stomach is brought through the wall of the abdomen and attached to the skin. (medicinenet.com)
  • prevent
  • A tip for cleaning a colostomy bag is to flush the toilet while emptying it to prevent back splashing of toilet water, according to About.com. (reference.com)