You might be wondering what an ostomy is, and I will try my best to describe from my knowledge and research. Often you will hear or read ostomy and stoma that are used but have very different meanings. Most commonly you would have heard before 'colostomy'. Until my surgery I assumed an ileostomy was a colestomy. So I found it great to know the difference.
An ostomy refers to the surgically created opening in the body for the body's natural waste to be eliminated.
A stoma refers to the actual end of the small bowel or large bowel or ureter that can be seen protruding through the abdominal wall.
I live with a permanent ileostomy. This means the end of my small bowel (ileum) is brought to the surface of my abdomen to form a stoma, I had all of my colon removed.
There are also other ostomies that you could have relevent to your circumstance and case. Such as a:
- Colestomy which refers to a surgically created opening (stoma) of the large bowel/large intestine/colon. A colestomy is created when a portion of the colon or rectum is moved and the remaining colon is brought to the abdominal wall.
- Urostomy a surgical proceedure that diverts urine away from the defective or diseased bladder.
I hope that this helps you to understand the difference between a ostomy and stoma and the different preceedures requiring the use of an ostomy and a stoma.