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A stoma is a surgically created opening in the abdominal wall into which a pouch is inserted to collect waste from the intestine. It can be temporary or permanent.
Ostomies & Stomas
A stoma (the Greek word for "mouth") is a surgically created opening in the abdomen wall. The procedure that creates the stoma is called an ostomy. It involves making an incision in the abdomen and pulling a section of the digestive tract through the opening (stoma). A small bag is then securely fastened over the stoma to take the body's waste products. The bag is emptied as needed. Some stomas are temporary, others are permanent.
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