What is an ostomy?
An ostomy is a surgical procedure that is done when there is extreme trauma to the abdomen or pelvic area due to accidents and injuries. This is also performed for individuals born with certain birth defects, or who have cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, or incontinence, among other medical conditions. Also known as continent diversion surgery, this procedure can be performed on anyone at any age. While it does not reduce life expectancy, it does require one to get used to a new way of living. Following the procedure, patients require proper stoma care.