"GI Didn't Know That": Loop Ostomy and Double Barrel Ostomy Procedures

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By Joy Hooper RN, BSN, CWOCN

Welcome to the third vlog in the series "GI Didn't Know That." In this video I will explain two more ostomy procedures: a "Loop Ostomy" and a "Double Barrel Ostomy." Both of these surgeries can be done as a temporary or permanent procedure.

Have you ever wondered who had the first ostomy surgery and why was it done? I have, and I was surprised to learn the first colostomy was performed in 1750 on a "fishwife" with an incarcerated bowel. I was also surprised to learn that in 1793, ostomy surgery was performed on a 3 day-old infant born without a rectum. Surprisingly, the infant survived the surgery and lived to be 45 years old. It was written the surgeon first practiced the procedure on the body of a deceased infant he obtained from the city's poor house. In this video, I will supplement with additional historical facts about ostomy surgery.

Anderson F. History of Enterostomal Therapy. In: Broadwell D, Jackson B, eds. Principles of Ostomy Care. St. Louis: Mosby; 1982.
Colwell J, Goldberg M, Carmel J. Fecal & Urinary Diversion Management Principals. St Louis, MO: Mosby; 2004:4-6,39-53.
Doughty D. History of Ostomy Surgery. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. February 2008, 35;(1)34-38.
Richardson, R. The Abdominal Stoma: A Historical Survey of the Artificial Anus. Queensborough, Kent: Abbott Laboratories; 1973.

About the Author
Joy Hooper RN, BSN, CWOCN is a nurse entrepreneur with twenty years of experience working in a variety of hospital and in-home care settings. Ms. Hooper is an avid advocate advocating for ostomy awareness and bowel sensibility having founded the Southern Georgia Ostomy Association. She routinely makes house calls to wound and ostomy patients within her region and provides lectures in colleges and health care facilities.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of OstomySource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.

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