An ostomy can be a colonostomy or an ileostomy. I had an ileostomy, which is your small intestine is used to remove waste instead of your large intestine.
You then where an "appliance" which is the bag used to capture the waste.
A "J-Pouch" is a surgical well made to hold stool when your large intestine cannot function properly. I have a colonic j-pouch which gathers the waste and emptys when full. More frequently, j-pouches are used in the small intestine when the large one has been removed completely. I only lost some of my large when I had my colon surgery. The ostomy helped to promote healing of the colon, but was reversed and the j-pouch hooked up on October 08.
Now I get to learn another "new normal" but it can take up to a year. At four months out, I have mostly good days, though I'm going through a tough spell right now.
Hoped this helped.
Stage II, no mets, no nodes NED 05/08 again 08/08 again 11/08
Ileostomy reversal 10/16/08