Question: Why would you need an ostomy?

Your doctor might recommend ostomy to treat serious bowel problems or to let a body part heal after a surgery. You also might need an ostomy if certain organs are diseased or have to be removed. The reasons include: Colorectal, rectal, or bladder cancer.

What conditions require an ostomy?

An ostomy may be necessary due to birth defects, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, incontinence and many other medical conditions. They are also necessary in cases of severe abdominal or pelvic trauma resulting from accidents or from injuries sustained during military service.

What disease requires a colostomy bag?

Diseases which can lead to a person having a colostomy include bowel cancer, IBDs such as Crohns and colitis, and diverticulitis. By diverting waste away, the colostomy bag can allow irritated or inflamed areas of the colon to heal.

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