Types of Colostomy Bags Used after Colon Cancer Surgery

What types of colostomy bags are used after colon caner surgery?

colostomy bagsAre you wondering about using a colostomy bag after colon cancer surgery? There are two types of bags generally used after this procedure. Each type has has its advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Mark Gimbel discusses these tools and their uses in this video.

To learn more about using colostomy bags after colon cancer surgery watch “Survivor Describes His Stage II Colon Cancer Treatment” with colon cancer survivor Dave Maret.

Video Transcripts

Mark Gimbel, MD: So, there are two types of bags that a patient could get. One is called an ileostomy where I bring up the small intestine to make the bag and one is called a colostomy where I bring up the colon to make the bag. In terms of reversing those, it is much easier to reverse an ileostomy, although the bag is a little bit harder to deal with in the short term while they have it. So for the six to eight weeks, they have it, its more liquid stool that they have to deal with. With a colostomy, it is more solid stool, so it is much easier to deal with as patients are walking around throughout the town and the reversal for that is a little more challenging because you have to go back through the midline incision to be able to reverse it. With the ileostomy, you can just make a small incision around the area of the ileostomy and where the bag is, take that down and put him back together and it is a much easier surgery to undergo.

Mark Gimbel
Dr.Gimbel graduated from the University of Maryland, and then had an internship at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and residencies at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He spent two years doing a surgical residency fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York and completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

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