A colostomy is surgery to bring part of the colon to the surface of the body to form an opening. Waste is collected using a bag called a stoma pouch.
Closure of loop colostomy
Surgery to join the two ends of your large bowel back together should allow you to open your bowels in the normal way. You will no longer need a stoma bag.
Living with bowel cancer
Here are some questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor or treatment team when discussing practical support during treatment for bowel cancer. Find out how to manage with bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer treatment
The type of treatment you have will depend on whether or not the cancer has spread or is at risk of spreading. Find out the treatments for bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer - your diet after surgery
If you have had part of your colon removed, it is likely that your stools (faeces) will be looser because one of the functions of the colon is to absorb water from the stools. Find out about diet and bowel cancer.
Reversal of Hartmann's Procedure
Reversal of Hartmann’s procedure will allow you to open your bowels in the normal way. You will no longer need a stoma bag.
A hemicolectomy is an operation where a section of the large intestine is removed. It is usually done to treat a condition such as bowel cancer.
Surgery for anal fistula
An anal fistula can cause continued infection and pain. Symptoms usually get worse without surgery.
Abdominal Surgery for Crohn's disease
Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of your bowel. Surgery is usually recommended if medication fails to improve your symptoms.