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 a stoma
Around 46,000 Australians live with a stoma (ostomy) after the removal of a section of their bowel or bladder and, with support, most are able to a good quality of life.
Closure of loop ileostomy
Surgery to join the two ends of your bowel back together should allow you to open your bowels in the normal way. You will no longer need a stoma bag.
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.
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.
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.
Bowel cancer (colon and rectal cancer)
Bowel cancer is a common cancer, but early detection can increase the chance of successful treatment. Taking some simple steps can also help reduce your risk.