Surgical Interventions for Bowel Management

Both colostomy and ileostomy are surgical procedures. Essentially, a hole is created in the colon for colostomy or ileum for ileostomy. Another hole created in the abdomen allows a tube to be inserted. It is through this tube that stool flows out to a collection bag. Colostomy and Ileostomy are generally considered after conservative methods fail. Other motives for choosing surgical interventions may be because they are less time consuming, are appropriate for severe constipation or fecal impaction, decrease cases of autonomic dysreflexia or pain, and avoid diseases or pressure ulcers near the anus.

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