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Anesthesia is medicine that keeps a person from feeling pain during medical procedures, such as surgery or other tests that diagnose cancer. There are several different types of anesthesia. The type you receive will depend on the procedure you are having and your overall health.

Understanding Colostomies

A colostomy is a surgical opening, called a stoma, that connects the large intestine to the abdominal surface, providing a pathway for waste to exit the body. The waste is then collected in a pouch worn by the patient. A colostomy is used when a part of the large intestine (which plays an important role in the body's ability to process waste) is surgically removed or when the flow of stool needs to be diverted from exiting via the rectum due to partial blockage or damage to the large bowel.