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What is a stoma?

A stoma, often a life-saving condition

A stoma is a surgical opening on the abdomen through the skin surface for the purpose of removal of body waste (feces or urine). It is not a disease, but often a life saving condition that relieves you from troubles of diseases, obstruction and pain. You‘ve just learned that you will need a stoma? Be assured, it is probably the best solution your very own medical condition. 

Stoma on the digestive tract

What is a colostomy or an ileostomy?

Why the creation of a intestinal stoma sometimes is necessary?

Main reasons for a colostomy are:

  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Familial polyposis
  • Trauma
  • Congenital defects
  • Vascular accident
  • Sigmoidit


Main reasons for an ileostomy are:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn‘s disease
  • Familial Polyposis Coli
  • Congenital defects

Stoma on the urinary tract

What is a urostomy?

Main reasons for a urostomy are:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Congenital defects such as spina bifida
  • Chronic inflammation of bladder
  • Congenital defects

Frequently asked questions and answers

You've learned that you will get a stoma and with this a lot of questions arise. We will try to answer some of those you may already have before undergoing the stoma surgery.

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