There are 3 main different types of ostomies. A colostomy is generally given when the patient has only had part of the large colon removed, either because of cancer or bowel disease. An ileostomy is given when the entire large intestine, and most often rectum, is removed. Both types of ostomies may be either temporary or permanent. A urostomy is performed when the bladder is either bypassed or removed.
Despite what some might think, having an ostomy is not the end of the world, or something that only old people get. Needing an ostomy can occur at any age, and everyone can lead a healthy, normal life afterwards! To most people it is a new beginning and improves the quality of their life. An ostomate can do anything that anyone else can do.