Colostomy surgery is commonly performed by severing the colon to attach the end leading to the stomach to the skin through the wall of the abdomen. There are several types of colostomy procedures, however the "Hartmann's Colostomy" is the most common. Colostomy care of the colostomy bag(s) is important to recovering from colostomy surgery. Read more: Colostomy: A Patient's Perspective Article
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