Glossary Term:

Title

colostomy

Phonetic

kuh-<b>lahs</b>-tuh-me

Description

an operation in which the end of the colon is attached to an opening created in the belly (abdominal wall) to get rid of body waste (stool). A colostomy is sometimes needed after surgery for cancer of the rectum. People with colon cancer sometimes have a temporary colostomy but they rarely need a permanent one. See also colon, rectum.