Colon Rectal Associates of Central New York, LLP

North Medical Office: 315-458-2211
Camillus Office: 315-991-8338
Patient Portal
Bookmark and Share

Services & Procedures

Ostomy

Ostomy

The word "ostomy" is derived from Greek and means a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the surface of the body. The most common types of ostomies in intestinal surgery are an "ileostomy" (connecting the small intestine to the skin) and a "colostomy" (connecting the large intestine to the skin). An ostomy may be temporary or permanent. A temporary ostomy may be required if the intestinal tract can't be properly prepared for surgery because of blockage by disease or scar tissue. A temporary ostomy may also be created to allow a disease process or operative site to heal without irritation by the passage of stool. Temporary ostomies can usually be reversed with minimal or no loss of intestinal function.

A permanent ostomy may be required when disease, or its treatment, impairs normal intestinal function, or when the muscles that control the rectum do not work properly or require removal. The most common causes of these conditions are low rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.