WHAT IS A STOMA?
When you are told you are to have a stoma it can be a shocking experience, irrespective of the fact that it is the inevitable outcome for someone with inflammatory bowel disease or intractable incontinence. For the person with cancer or trauma, they have to deal with the shock of their diagnosis and also with having a stoma, be it temporary or permanent.
Stoma is a Greek word meaning mouth or opening. It is a surgically created opening from the abdomen to the bowel or urinary tract. It is used as a method of elimination for either bowel or bladder waste. It protrudes through the abdomen wall, has a moist, soft, fleshy feel and is pinkish-red in color, similar to the inside of your mouth.
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