An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the surface of the body. Different ostomies exist for different organs. For example, a colostomy connects the colon or large intestine to the abdominal wall where a plastic pouch (called an ostomy appliance) catches eliminated fecal material. Bowel movements will naturally empty into the pouch, which can be emptied or changed as needed. An ostomy may be temporary or permanent; a temporary ostomy is typically used for surgery preparation or during recovery, while a permanent ostomy is sometimes required when illness or treatment impairs normal intestinal function or the condition mandates it. We work closely with the ostomy nurses in Lincoln and surrounding communities to optimize care for patients who need or have ostomies.