Intestinal Stomas

  • Laurence R. Sands
  • Floriano Marchetti


Intestinal stomas have long been used by surgeons for fecal diversion and remain an important tool for both the general and colon and rectal surgeon. They are considered a vital ­element as either a permanent means for stool evacuation or as a temporary bridge in order to treat complicated abdominal problems or to heal more distal anastomoses. The surgeon must always regard fecal diversion as a means to salvage patients from abdominal catastrophy and should never consider stoma creation as a defeat even though many patients may regard it as such.


Loop Ileostomy Parastomal Hernia Fecal Diversion Stoma Site Stoma Creation 



This chapter was written by Bruce Orkin, Peter Cataldo, Neil Hyman, and Richard Nelson, in two ­separate chapters in the previous version of this textbook.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence R. Sands
    • 1
  • Floriano Marchetti
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Miami, Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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