Short Tilte:Colostomies: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):99, 53, 4, 41-44
Article provides an overview of colostomies. Pointing to research that shows nearly three-quarters of spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors who have received colostomies have reported an improved quality of life this article explains how the digestive system works, exactly what a colostomy is and what function it serves, and dietary effects on bowel management. Changing attitudes are discussed explaining how the procedure which is still used mainly for people who have exhausted other options is now opening up for other patients due to increased attention to quality of life issues. Down sides are presented briefly. A few suggestions are offered as to whom to contact for their opinions when considering the procedure.