What is a Stoma?


Understanding Your Stoma

The word 'stoma' comes from the Greek language and means an 'opening into or out of the body'. It can also mean 'mouth'.

Every year, thousands of people undergo stoma surgery. For some, the surgery is a lifesaving procedure. For others, the surgery is a result of bowel disease, a result of an accident, or done to correct a birth defect.

In recent years, surgical procedures have improved greatly, and many stoma operations are now temporary instead of permanent.

  • Colostomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Urostomy

The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.