Gastrointestinal System - Ostomy

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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. 

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 colostomates. It is important to
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Last Updated: 2020-06-01