An ostomy, or stoma, is a surgically created opening between the intestines and the wall of the abdomen.
Once an ostomy is created, bowel movements pass through the opening and into an ostomy bag. The bag is disposable and emptied or replaced as needed.
An ostomy allows solid waste to leave your body without passing through your rectum and anus. They may be permanent or temporary.
Your doctor may recommend an ostomy if you have: