An ostomy is a surgical procedure that provides a way for waste to be excreted from the body. In an ileostomy, the stoma is attached to the ileum; in a colostomy, the stoma is attached to the colon.
Key Nutrition Issues
Evidence is limited on the role of diet in controlling symptoms that may occur with ostomies, and in preventing postoperative complications; it is anecdotal and/or of expert opinion. Some suggestions are specific to ileostomates and do not apply to