Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS


What is an ostomy?

image01An ostomy, or stoma, is also known as the “bag on the belly”. It is where a part of the small intestine or large intestine is brought through the abdominal skin/wall, and the contents (like stool) go into a bag on the skin.

What is the difference between the ostomies?

Ileostomy is where the opening on the abdominal skin leads to the small intestine. A colostomy is where the opening on the abdominal skins leads to the colon or large intestine. A urostomy is where the opening on the abdominal skin leads to the urinary system

Where is the ostomy?

Ostomies are usually near the belly button, either just to the left or right, and just above or below. Ideally, the ostomy site is determined prior to surgery, so the ostomy does not interfere with pants or belts. Ileostomies are usually to the right and colostomies to the left.

How will this affect my life?

I guarantee that you know people who have an ostomy and you never knew they have one. Having an ostomy does not mean that your life is over and that you have to stay at home. You can still be active, go out, dance, exercise, and swim. The ostomy may make sounds, but no one will know you have one, as clothes will hide it.

What are the complications of an ostomy?

You can get skin irritation, failure of the applicance to seal, ostomy retraction, ostomy prolapse, and other issues. There are ostomy nurses who can address these issues.

Is this permanent?

It depends on your situation.

For more information, and to find support groups: please see, the United Ostomy Associations of America. There are groups in DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

Contact Inova Bariatric

If you would like more information on ostomy treatments, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced doctors at Inova Bariatric, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information presented is only for informational purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or condition, nor is it intended to self-diagnose and self-treat any illness, disease or condition. Please consult your physician for any medical concern, question, and ailment.