What exactly is a Stoma?
A stoma is an opening on the abdomen, where during an operation a piece of your bowel will be pulled to the surface and sewn to your abdomen. This opening will then either be connected to your digestive or urinary system to allow either faeces or urine to pass into a bag.
It will look like a small pinkish, crinkly mound which may protrude like a spout or lie flat to your body. Stomas can be formed using the colon (colostomy) or the ileum part of the small bowel (ileostomy or urostomy). Stomas can be temporary or permanent.