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Auckland Colorectal Centre

Private Service, General Surgery

Colostomy

An opening is made in the skin of the abdomen (stomach) to allow drainage of stools (faeces) from the colon into a collection bag on the outside. This may be temporary to allow time for healing of the colon or, if the rectum and anal canal has been removed, it may be permanent.

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