An appendicostomy is the creation of a pathway from your belly button to the large intestine. The pathway is created using your own body tissue, the appendix. Using your own body tissue instead of an artificial tube will decrease the chance of irritation. There is also no external sign of the new pathway.

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An appendicostomy is done to help deliver enemas. Enemas are fluids that are placed into the large intestines. The fluids help clean out the intestines when there is a problem with the intestines. Enemas may be needed in children with Spina bifida, spinal injuries, Hirschprung’s disease, or constipation not relieved by medical care.

Enemas are normally given through the rectum. This can make it difficult for people to deliver the enemas to themselves. For older children, it can be difficult to have rectal enemas delivered by their parents. An appendicostomy can allow more independence for these children.