Creating an intestinal stoma

“Intestinal stomas are the surgical exteriorization of either small or large bowel through the anterior abdominal wall. While the principles behind stoma creation are typically the same, there are many different stoma configurations that are created for myriad indications.”


“Stoma creation is often the last component of a long and difficult operation and may seem trivial when compared with the essential portions of the surgery. Yet, the stoma will undoubtedly have the largest impact on the patient’s quality of life in the long term. A well-made and properly sited stoma will have minimal implications once the patient has adjusted to its presence. Alternatively, a difficult or complicated stoma will plague both the patient and the surgeon.”

Whitehead A, et al. Technical Considerations in Stoma Creation. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2017 Jul;30(3):162-171. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1598156. Epub 2017 May 22.Free Full Text

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