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The obvious question is, “What is a stoma?” A stoma is an opening that is surgically created at the surface of the abdomen by bringing the intestine through an incision. It is red and moist like the inside of your cheek. It is not sensitive to touch. It’s important to understand the specifics of the operation that is planned for you, because there are several very different procedures that all result in creation of an ostomy. Your surgeon will tell you the name of the procedure and whether your stoma will be temporary or permanent. Some things to ask the surgeon are:

Male Doctor Talking with PatientWhat is removed during this procedure?

What are my alternative procedures?

What complications are associated with this procedure?

Where will my incision be? Can this be done laparoscopically?

How long will I be in the hospital?

What will my recovery be like?

Will my diet be any different?

Will I have any problems having sex?

When can I drive a car?

When can I return to work?

Look under Procedures to learn more.

Before and after the operation

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