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Ostomies and Bladder Cancer

If you have bladder cancer, some medical jargon may feel confusing. Many medical terms sound similar but have different meanings. This is the case with words you may have heard that end in “ostomy,” including urostomy, colostomy, and ileostomy.

Put simply, an abdominal ostomy is a surgical opening made in the belly skin. Surgeons may create an abdominal ostomy to help fluids leave the bladder or help waste leave the bowels.

Here are the 3 main types of abdominal ostomies and when people need them . . .

Published on BladderCancer.net, a Health Union community website, on Aug. 15, 2022.