Skip to main content
Go to homepage

Print Page

What's a Double Barrel Ostomy? (Video)

What Is a Double Barrel Ostomy?

The digestive system breaks down food and gets rid of waste, but sometimes it doesn’t work as it should. When this happens, surgeons can do a procedure called an ostomy (OSS-tuh-mee).

In a double barrel ostomy, the surgeon removes the problem areas in the bowel. Then, they bring the two ends of the bowel to openings made in the wall of the belly. They stitch the edges of the bowel to the skin to create two stomas. One stoma (STOE-muh) drains waste and the other drains mucus. A bag may be placed over both stomas to collect the waste and mucus. Or a bag may go over the stoma that drains waste, with gauze covering the other stoma.

  • 60 Second Summary: Double Barrel Ostomy

    60 Second Summary: Double Barrel Ostomy

    Learn the basics in 60 seconds.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date Reviewed: Oct 1, 2022

Lea este articulo en Español

What next?

Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
There are 10 nurses in the picture.

And we have many more pediatric primary care providers in Northeast Ohio. You can meet some of them here.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The five differences are:
– Phone color
– Coat pocket
– Stethoscope earpiece color
– Stethoscope bell dot
– Clipboard paper color

Need help finding a doctor, choosing a location or getting a general question about Akron Children's answered? Call us or fill out the form and we'll help in any way we can.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The two matching doctors are 9 and 14.

With virtual visits, you can see our pediatric experts from the comfort of home or wherever you are.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The correct path:
The Correct Path
We offer many ways to get pediatric care all over Northeast Ohio. Use this page to find the right kind of care and the most convenient location for you.