Thousands of people have bowel problems that require a colostomy ― a surgical procedure that removes solid waste through an abdominal opening instead of through the usual digestive tract. Such problems may include cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, gunshot wounds, incontinence and bowel obstructions. And though colostomies are not always permanent, they all require regular cleaning, component changes and sensitive contact that is hard to teach by textbook, video or plastic manikin. Learn more on UD’s Tumblr page.

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