The Surgery Center at Christian Hospital performs colostomies. Learn more about colostomy surgery.

What is a Colostomy?

A colostomy is a surgical procedure where a piece of the colon (stoma) is diverted outside the body through an opening in the abdominal wall to pass stools in a bag. A colostomy changes the way your body works because it changes the way stools pass after disease or injury of the colon.

What does a Colostomy Do?

A colostomy changes the way stools leave the body by disconnecting the connection of colon and rectum to the anus. Stools no longer can exit through the anus but exit the body through an opening in the stomach where waste is dispersed into a bag.

Why is a Colostomy Done?

A colostomy is performed as a cure for many different diseases and conditions of the GI tract. A short-term colostomy may be performed to help empty the bowel due to lower bowel problems. A short-term colostomy may also be reversed. A long-term (permanent) colostomy is performed when a colon has been damaged or diseased and no longer works properly. The diseased part of the colon is removed and no reverse colostomy can be made.

After Care for Colostomy

After the colostomy is performed, patients will learn how to manage and properly care for the colostomy and may need to make some lifestyle changes. Below are some of tips for managing a colostomy.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Monitor medications
  • Join a support group

For more information on colostomy surgery, call 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355 or email us.