An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the bowel that drains stool into an external appliance. Surgeons create an ostomy when the body's normal pathway for eliminating waste is disrupted due to disease, injury, or a necessary surgical procedure.
Two of the common types are an ileostomyand a colostomy.
An ileostomy is a surgically created opening in the small intestine that is placed on the patient’s abdominal skin.
A colostomy is similar to an ileostomy but involves the colon rather than the small intestine.
An ileostomy or colostomy may be temporary or permanent depending on the individual and the specifics of their intestinal disease.