Apr 06, 2009 - 12:32 am
Although I've not had the colon surgery myself, this idea always intrigued me- especially since I've already been told if I ever do have a recurrence in the rectum or colon that I would need the surgery. A neighbor's son who had ulcerative colitis needed a colostomy a couple of years ago. My neighbor told me that he had his surgery done at Scripps in San Diego and he doesn't have the external bag. He has an internal bag that he empties with some kind of vacuum made for such things. I just googled "internal colostomy bag" and a couple of things came up- it's apparently called a colo-anal colostomy bag. A pouch is made with part of the patients small intestine and it's like a bag that can hold the waste. Apparently it has a cap to keep everything inside until it's time to empty it.