What are stoma complications? Issues with external waste removal from the stoma.

A stoma is a surgically created connection from the intestine to the skin of the abdominal wall.  They are created from the colon (colostomy) or the small bowel (ileostomy) when natural pathways for waste removal are impaired. Typically an appliance is placed over the stoma to collect stool and provide a convenient, odor-free disposal mechanism.  An ostomy (external waste removal system) can lead to certain complications, including skin irritation/breakdown and dehydration.

What are the symptoms of stoma complications?

  • Skin Irritation such as redness or rash
  • Stoma appears prolapsed from the abdomen
  • Stoma appears sunken into the abdomen
  • Bleeding
  • Change in Stoma Color
  • Inability to pass waste
  • Abdominal pain and swelling.
  • Odor or leakage
  • Dehydration (dry mouth, dark urine, or dizziness)
  • Mucous discharge

Who do stoma complications affect?

Stoma complications primarily affect people who have undergone ostomy surgery. This surgery may be required for individuals with medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, intestinal obstructions and congenital anomalies that require the creation of an external waste removal system.

Stoma complications can result from factors, including poor stoma care, incorrect pouching techniques, skin sensitivities or allergies, dietary choices and underlying medical conditions.

If you’re facing the discomfort and challenges of Stoma Complications, it’s time to find relief. We invite you to seek the empathetic support, personalized diagnostics, and advanced treatment options available at West Island Colorectal Clinic.

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Dr. Christian Zalai talks about our specialized treatment of stoma complications. With a dual board-certification in colorectal surgery he offers a compassionate approach and personalized treatment plans.

How are stoma complications treated?

At our clinic, we offer a diverse range of treatments tailored to meet your unique needs. Our colorectal surgeons will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Lifestyle and dietary recommendations

Advice and changes in daily habits and food choices to help manage your condition.



A surgical procedure to create an opening (stoma) from an area inside the body to the outside to divert waste.


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