BSIP, ASTIER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BSIP, ASTIER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Colostomy patient care. Nurse on a home visit to an elderly patient who has had a colostomy operation. She is holding a new colostomy bag in her hand. A colostomy is necessary when part of the bowel is obstructed or diseased. This region of the bowel is removed and the free end is passed out through his abdominal wall to form a stoma (opening) or artificial anus. The opening (red) can just be seen on the right side of the patient's abdomen. The bag is attached to this opening to hold the faeces. Most people can continue to lead active lives after a colostomy, provided they are trained in care of the stoma and in replacing their colostomy bags.
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