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What is a colostomy and what is it like living with a stoma bag?

A colostomy is a surgical procedure that involves the formation of a connection between the colon and the surface of the skin on the lower abdomen where a stoma bag is attached. Such a procedure can be temporary or permanent and is required in numerous circumstances, such as cases of rectal cancer and diverticular disease. Mr Gordon Neil Buchanan, an expert colorectal surgeon, explains the procedure and what living with a stoma bag is like.

How are haemorrhoids treated?

Treating haemorrhoids depends on if they are found to be internal (inside the anal canal) or external (they have prolapsed and come outside the anal canal). Treatment can either be lifestyle changes, outpatient clinic treatments, or sometimes surgery will be recommended. Leading colorectal surgeon, Mr Gordon Neil Buchanan explains.

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