An ostomy, or stoma, is a surgically created opening between the intestines and the abdominal wall. Ostomies can be temporary or permanent.

Ostomy Types

  • Ileostomy: Connects the last part of the small intestines (ileum) to the abdominal wall.
  • Colostomy: Connects a part of the colon (large intestine) to the abdominal wall.


Ostomies can be caused by the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Trauma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Infection
  • Fecal incontinence (inability to control bowel movements)
  • Diverticular disease (small bulges or sacs that form in the wall of the large intestine)


Dietary Restrictions: Depending on the type of ostomy, you may need to change what you eat to control the number of and consistency of bowel movements. You will learn to monitor the effect of food on ostomy function. After a period of time, many patients are able to slowly introduce foods back into their diets. It helps to chew food well, drink plenty of fluids and avoid certain high roughage foods, such as green leafy vegetables. After recovering from surgery, most patients do not have dietary limitations.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Hanna J. ★★★★★ Was healed by Dr. Opreanu. He knew exactly what to do! I’m so glad that I was referred here. I also like that they have a bystander during observations. It makes me feel safe.Dianne A. ★★★★★ Very professional and courteousMona D. ★★★★★ They were pretty quick, friendly and efficient.Diane O. ★★★★★ Very good experience! The staff was very friendly, efficient and professional.Brian ★★★★★ Aesome!Krista Jo L. ★★★★★ Dr. Yusuf was very thorough and made me confident that he was checking my gastro system completely so I could relax about this area of my health.Kevin S. ★★★★★ Very informative and friendly staff.Sydney H. ★★★★★ The staff was VERY friendly and helpful. And the medical staff was kind and compassionate. I would highly recommend Lansing Surgery Center.Candis R. ★★★★★ I was in rather desperate need for a new GI doctor, and I could not be more pleased with Dr. Jones, his PA, Jonathan, and the rest of the staff.Sue B. ★★★★★ I was very pleased with my appointment and follow throughjoe N. ★★★★★ Lisa offered a lot of information that will help me with my problemBob M. ★★★★★ Dr. Julien and Dr. Opreanu are the best. They literally saved my life. Only great things to say about them and the practice.Donna M. ★★★★★ A well run medical facility. My procedure went smoothly. Staff was professional and upbeat. I highly recommend.Ozella M. ★★★★★ Everything was great, the nurses and the doctor, anesthesia doctor they explained the procedures .Mark T. ★★★★★ Dr Julien's office is always efficient and professional just like the Doctor.Sirpong K. ★★★★★ Dr. Lee Alen is very good Doctor including her staffs. Throughly explains step-by-step of procedure and follow up her care to patients.Antoinette S. ★★★★★ I am thoroughly impressed by my doctor Dr. Julian Lucas and the staff that were so attentive to making sure my needs are met.Steve ★★★★★ Absolutely wonderful team. Dr. Lee, anesthesiology, the nursing staff, and reception were the best. Smooth and uneventful from arrival to leaving. Will be back.Jennifer A. ★★★★★ I would like to thank everyone. You all are so helpful, take time to answer questions and made me fell very welcome. I wish I would of found you first before I had my operation. If I need another operation this is where I would come. Thank you.Mary D. ★★★★★ I had worried myself to the point of being very anxious. Dr. Oprenau and his staff calmed me and very gently and efficiently took care of my problem. I’m so grateful.Heidi D. ★★★★★ Dr. Jones is very knowledgeable, intuitive, kind and a pleasure to work with. The staff are very complimentary of him, and I felt very well cared for.Jim S. ★★★★★ My procedure was easy and fast to schedule. All information for preparation was concise and easy to understand. The procedure was on time and very comfortable. The staff was attentive and cordial and Doctor visited before the procedure. Most pleasant colonoscopy ever and I am old and had a few!! Highly recommend Lansing Surgery Center.Bob C. ★★★★★ Phenomenal, extremely competent, honest and caring Doctor.Victor L. ★★★★★ Ontime, staff very friendly. Dr Walling was very professional and explained the process completelyJanet M. ★★★★★ I was able to get right in at my appointment time with no waiting. They answered all of my questions and went over my health history. Together we came up with a strategy and plan. I would highly recommend them to anybody having digestive health issues. They are very knowledgeable, professional and caring!Thora W. ★★★★★ Dr. Lee Allen and her staff are delightful, efficient and supportive. Very positive experience.David L. ★★★★★ I was referred to the Digestive Health Institute (Capital Colorectal) by my primary care physician and have been very happy with the care and expertise of the doctor I am seeing there (Lucas Julien). The support staff are also very nice.Tom ★★★★★ The staff was very professional and courteousLyla B. ★★★★★ I was treated better here then any place I have ever been. Everyone was so nice and caring.Barbara H. ★★★★★ Loved the pa I had very caring and knowledgeableNancy L. ★★★★★ Everyone that I interacted with throughout the morning was professional and caring. Dr. Walling has done my colonoscopies for many years and is always excellent. His staff is equally kind.Bill K. ★★★★★ Dr Coffey is awesome, very thorough, understanding, patient, kind, and knowledgeable. His staff was friendly and helpful.Chris Mac D. ★★★★★ Doctors and staff are super friendly and helpful.moustafa H. ★★★★★ Outstanding physician clinically and ethicallyDiane M. ★★★★★ Dr. Julien and his staff at Lansing Colorectal were so kind, compassionate, and very professional and knowledgeable. I felt at ease right away and would definitely recommend them for anyone who needs GI care.Barb L. ★★★★★ Callie was very helpful in looking at all of my options/symptoms. There was almost no wait to be called in from the waiting room. All staff that I dealt with were friendly and helpful.Richard W. ★★★★★ Very friendly, extremely professionalMitch I. ★★★★★ Very professional administrative staff and medical providers. Doctors and nurses were friendly and most competent. They make an unpleasant medical procedure pleasant😊Karin R. ★★★★★ If your going to have a colonoscopy, this is the place to do it. No giant hospital buildings to navigate. Very personal friendly staff. Never felt like a number or nameless. Highly highly recommend. They do 50-60 colonoscopies a day just in one of their branch locations, the one I was in. They should say "Colonoscopies R Us" lolTodd S. ★★★★★ All of the staff was professional and seems genuinely concerned about my comfortJoseph G. ★★★★★ From the moment I walked in the door, I was met with smiles and professionalism. The nursing staff were absolutely cheerful at 7 am. Crystal and Michelle are absolutely the best. Beth and her knock out drugs 😆 were very comforting. Doc Coffey, like the drink but not spelled the same!!! Was a spot on pleasant professional. I will go no where else for this procedure. Thank you all for a pleasant experience.Lorrie S. ★★★★★ A well run office from the front staff to the Dr. Thank you!Jack B ★★★★★ Super friendly and professional from the moment you check-in til the moment you walk out the door!Colleen C. ★★★★★ I'm updating my review, as this facility has greatly improved since my first visit several years ago. The reception staff and nurses are incredibly nice and pleasant to work with, and now seem better equipped to answer questions (or at least know someone who can.) Appointments are on time, and don't feel rushed.I especially appreciate the 2nd floor reception and infusion staff, who are always so friendly!Greg P. ★★★★★ Amazing care and results from Dr. Opreanu and the staff. Highly recommended.Debbie F. ★★★★★ It was a very pleasant office visit. They all seemed to know what they were doing.They make you feel very comfortable.Anita S. ★★★★★ Everyone there is so nice and the Dr. Is very thorough. I highly recommend them.Sharon B. ★★★★★ All staff who assisted with my colonoscopy were professional and helpful. Dr. Yusuf spoke with me before and after the colonoscopy. It was really nice to not have a long wait and I appreciated seeing a notice in the waiting area when I walked in saying that each doctor was "on time" today. I would definitely return for my next procedure.Linda S. ★★★★★ The receptionist was amazingly nice and so are all of the nurses and aides and doctors. I had a terrible experience approximately 20 years ago which was done at a different facility but Lansing surgical clinic was wonderful. No pain no anxiety no frustration and I was able to go on with my house duties the next day. I thank you again so very much and I thank all who took part of making me feel welcome and safe.Brandon H. ★★★★★ John Walling Jr. was professional and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable with his service. If having a colonoscopy done I would highly recommend him and his staff at the Lansing Surgical Center. Thanks John!p S. ★★★★★ Friendly, courteous staff. Quick processing with minimal waiting time for appointment. Friendly, personable, professional Physician and assistant. Very good experience at DHI/CS.Derek S. ★★★★★ Very well run operation. The Lansing Surgery Center staff is excellent. Dr Plaehn is engaging and communicates clearly both before and after the procedure.Lois C. ★★★★★ This was my first visit to Dr. Julien’s office. The day before, the office called me to confirm information on my referral which was not correct. That was straightened out. On the day of the visit, the office staff was friendly and I did not wait long to be called back. DR. Julien was pleasant, and took his time answering my questions. I felt good about the appointment and left with confidence in him as my doctor.garrett F. ★★★★★ Very professional and welcoming. Everyone was very nice and upbeat . They didn’t try to rush me out to fill another bed. Thanks again!Alan W. ★★★★★ Arrived at scheduled time. Prompt checkin. Taken back within minutes to prepare for the procedure. They were running ahead of schedule. performed the procedure and was complete and walking out the door before my scheduled procedure time. Staff was friendly and effecient. Best colonoscopy I ever had.Mrgf D. ★★★★★ Dr Jones has a great demeanor and he's willing to investigate and give you peace of mind regarding your concerns. Family members were also very happy with his explanations after procedureKenneth B. ★★★★★ Everyone at this surgery center treats you very gently. I'm sure it's because they are aware of your prep time before you arrived. It is greatly appreciated at a vulnerable time. Thank you so much.Cheri H. ★★★★★ From the minute I got registered to getting my colonoscopy, everyone was friendly and kind. The nurses were amazing and put me at ease. It was a good experience. Glad it's over though! Thanks to ALL of you,it went well.Michelle F. ★★★★★ From pre-op information provided via phone and electronically to the nurse escort to my vehicle (driven by my husband), my experience was exemplary. Every person and every interaction very positive and professional.John K. ★★★★★ Very positive experience from all the professional Doctors, Nurses, and Support Staff. Would recommend them and hope more referrals would be made there as they made an uncomfortable procedure very comfortable. 👍Oscar R. ★★★★★ Very smooth, efficient process. Excellent staff at each step of process.Denise D. ★★★★★ Wait time was short. And everyone I interacted with was pleasant and friendly.Pam D. ★★★★★ Seen physician on time, no long wait. I have been going here for over 10 years and always had great service.charlene P. ★★★★★ The staff is very friendly, efficient, and show concern for their patients. I appreciate that Dr. Julien is attentive, thorough, and knowledgeable in his field as he cares for my medical needs.Susan F. ★★★★★ Everyone was very thoughtful and professional. I felt that I was well taken care of.Jamie S. ★★★★★ I was sent for a referral for possible surgery on a lipoma in my intestine… After meeting with Dr Coffey and discussing my case and options I was relieved to know surgery wasn’t really a necessity at this time …I had many questions about my issues which he very professionally addressed in terms that were understandable to me … office and staff were warm friendly and professional…. I would give a high recommendation to this practice and Dr CoffeyJohn C ★★★★★ I've have had three, if I remember correctly, Colonoscopies and an endoscopy in the last 20 years with Dr. Yusuf. I found him to be very nice and the procedures went without a problem. In addition he prescribed Omeprazole when it was first coming out, before it could be found over the counter. My esophagus was pitted and damaged from GERD. His prescription was life changing for me. At last it didn't feel like I was burping lava all day long.Tamara N. ★★★★★ Very friendly and professional. Staff was very helpful with answering all my questions and concerns about my procedure and office visit.Eloise ★★★★★ Very nice Patient with me and understandingConnie A. ★★★★★ I had a wonderful experience at lansing surgery center. The Dr and staff were so polite and caring. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.Ana E. ★★★★★ The office staff is probably the nicest I’ve encountered in the medical industry. Alli went above and beyond helping me with my paperwork and was so genuinely kind and concerned with my well-being. Dr Julien was very professional and had great bed side manners.Paula T. ★★★★★ This was my 2nd time needing to see a specialist at D.H.I., and highly recommend this professional office to anyone requiring their help.The Dr. and his staff have always been very kind, caring, detailed, and professional.My specialist, (who I'll call Dr. O. , ) is a very caring, smart, and through physician. He and his staff always do thier best to make me feel as comfortable as possible, and to take the stree out of the visit by being respwctful, considerate, and calm.Dr. O. recommended I get a specialized kind of physical therapy before I have any surgery.Thanks to him and his recommendation, the issue I had, has all but resolved itself. He gave me a choice to go ahead with surgery or not and see how things go. I chose to waylay surgery, and he agreed. That told me he actually does care about his patients, and is more concerened about me, than lining his practices pocket.I'm extremely grateful for having the Digestive Heath Instute in my line up of my personal physicians. Thank you again Dr.O., and all of your kind, caring staff.Annette F. ★★★★★ A very welcoming environment.The receptionist was pleasant, professional & thorough. She pointed me to a waiting area & told me I will be called shortly.The nurse was friendly & reassuring. The Doctor examined everything as he was examining me which helped me to understand my condition and I could ask any question pertaining the condition & he patiently explained. Privacy was paramount. I have a fruitful, relaxing visit.Charles ★★★★★ Everybody was very friendly. I was well informed of what they would be doing.Rosie D. ★★★★★ I have the most wonderful experience with Dr. ALBERT Ross BEEN MY DOCTOR! He have brought me through so much. I have been under his care for about 20 years or longer. He is the most wonderful and caring DOCTOR and person. He take time time to explain to you what is going on with which make you feel comfortable. He have time for his patient. His patient always come first. Thank youROSIE DAVISGerald K. ★★★★★ Excellent care ,staff and doctor were greatSteve S. ★★★★★ Dr. Coffey is amazing pretty much a pain free experience. Thank you!Doro P. ★★★★★ Wonderful staff was well taken here.Danielle D. ★★★★★ He is an amazing Doctor and is very caring. He listens and is genuine.Barry G. ★★★★★ Communication was excellent. I was able to ask questions without interruptions and received the information that I needed in detail.Jaclyn S. ★★★★★ I had a great experienceCarla J. ★★★★★ I was very pleased with Lansing Surgery Center the staff was awesome nurses, doctors and the receptionist.Dan The M. ★★★★★ Thanks for everything. Very helpful and friend staff.John B. ★★★★★ Professionalism is the one word that describes everything you folks do. Everyone i had contact with let me know they really cared. Dr. Walling has done my colonoscopies for decades. He REALLY does listen to your questions--and ANSWERS them!John L. ★★★★★ Very good experience. Everything went very smoothly!Liz B. ★★★★★ Everyone was so nice and made me feel comfortable. The girl that put in my IV was so awesome I hardly felt it. Thank you so muchFaye N. ★★★★★ I was very apprehensive about having a colonoscopy but Allison was so knowledgeable, personable and friendly in scheduling my procedure. Dr. Opreanu was so patient and respectful in listening and answering my questions. He was very skillful in removing 2 pre-cancerous polyps. Thank you for an excellent experience.T F. ★★★★★ In for a colonoscopy and got good news. My first time here. The facility is clean, well run, and the staff were professional and friendly. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Lucas Julien.Mike D. ★★★★★ Clean facility and everyone has a great attitude and take the patient care seriously. I would recommend the DHI to anyone 😀Mark S. ★★★★★ Dr. Yusuf is a terrific physician, providing excellent specialty care. The office itself is a little cramped and dated, but the staff is efficient and I’ve never waited too long to be seen. Recommend this group and especially Dr. Yusuf.Harriette C. ★★★★★ My experience with my first time visit to this office was amazing. The staff there are so nice and welcoming and also professional from checking in to checking out. I love doctor Lee Allen and her staff. I highly recommend her.Yvonne M. ★★★★★ Very friendly and professional staff. Dr. Opreanu was timely and informative both before and after my procedure. Incredibly clean facility. I recommend Dr. Opreanu and the Lansing Surgery Center to anyone looking for a positive experience and outcome.Terri H. ★★★★★ Everyone at this office from the front office staff, to the clinic assistant, to the scheduler, to the physicians are professional, friendly and helpful.Charles H. ★★★★★ I was satisfied with the service that I receivedRoxanne P. ★★★★★ Everyone knew their job and things went very smoothly and quickly. Everybody was polite and when I need to go back, that’s where I will go.Selame S. ★★★★★ I’m a referral coordinator for local practice here in Lansing. As someone that refers patients to Capitol Colorectal daily, I can honestly say that this practice delivers excellent patient care and even better customer service. In the case of urgent/ASAP referrals, the front office staff is extremely efficient and accommodating for our patients. I have to eulogize Aly N in particular...for those urgent referrals, she calls me as soon as our patients are scheduled (or she’ll send an appointment notice for routine referrals), so that our providers are well informed throughout the process. Regardless If they are non par with the patient’s insurance, Aly has not only notified me, but she has given me a list of CRS doctors (in Michigan) that participate with that patient’s insurance just to be sure that patient is ultimately taken care of. In addition to her meticulousness, Aly is positive and quite marvelous to work with!Kelly M. ★★★★★ Brooke Janke has been beyond phenomenal! I've never had any Healthcare worker take the time to listen to me the way she has. She is also incredibly intelligent, I trust her judgement completely!Marla M. ★★★★★ Appreciate the great treatment and professionalism of the staff!Linda B. ★★★★★ I have never had an uncomfortable experience with your company! Dr. Plaehn is OUTSTANDING as is his staff at all the locations where he performs colonoscopies and endoscopies. Please tell Dr. Plaehn I said, “Go Blue” LOL!Julie T. ★★★★★ Dr. Coffey and his staff, in my experience, are the best in the business of Colorectal Surgery. I would not hesitate to share what I've been through with anyone who required these specific surgical procedures.Irish F. ★★★★★ Obviously we wish we never would’ve had to have a visit here, but the staff made a terrible situation better through their expertise, kindness, empathy and honesty. My daughter and I particularly appreciated Nicole’s down to earth demeanor and kind heart. We appreciated Dr Coffey’s skill, honesty and approachability and thoroughness with our questions.Josh D. ★★★★★ Excellent!Dale D. ★★★★★ Johnathan was well prepared prior to my visit. He listened to me during my visit and we came up with a good plan for my next step.Amelia M. ★★★★★ Khadra Mohamed is an excellent PA. She is the first healthcare provider that I feel asks enough questions and truly wants to get to the bottom of the issue. I feel like if the doctor doesn't ask a lot of questions, symptoms can be missed because individuals don't even realize it isn't normal. She takes her time with her patients, asking them questions about every aspect of their health, making you feel listened to. She also continually looks for solutions with testing and medications. You will leave the office feeling more hopeful, than discouraged.Tracy M. ★★★★★ so far i like him a lot . takes things seriously and cares. he doesn’t mess around when he thinks something is wrong unlike the many many Dr’s i have seen in the past .. 10 stars!Tina N. ★★★★★ I love the doctor's in this office and sparrow hospital I will go to no other hospital,and Dorian Jones is an awesome doctorJaime S. ★★★★★ I’ve been to see Dr. Coffey a few times now, including for one surgery (on that note, I found banding to be literal torture— allegedly it isn’t a big deal to some but I’d NEVER go through that again—so ask what the odds are that the banding would be AWFUL & painful vs just going for the surgery (which also was super painful but that’s just the nature of it, and at least it was a pain I could get through) and one screening procedure. I found him to be straightforward (not that he’s overly blunt but just that he’s a straight shooter) and he’s nice, as were all of his staff.Joseph P. ★★★★★ The staff is welcoming & caring. The doctor provided a thorough description of the procedure and results.Cyndi P. ★★★★★ Great experience with staff and my doctor, Dr Ross! They know it's a nerve wracking day for their patients, and they are so kind and respectful.Cherrye Marchelle M. ★★★★★ He has been my doctor since 1995 when he first started his business inmuch smaller office.I have 3 other family members that also go to him now that I referred them to Dr.Ross. Everyone one of us loves him.I refuse family members to see him for their troubles like I have. He is the best in the Lansing area.lori K. ★★★★★ He is the most caring physician and pays great attention to detail. He listens to the patient and makes sure they get the best care possible. He is one of a kind for surejs_loader

Our Doctors

We’re proud of our team here at Digestive Health Institute. Our health care providers include some of the very best colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists and physician assistants. To learn more about our qualified team of specialists, click their image or visit our providers page.

Dorian Jones, MD

Lucas Julien, MD

Razvan Opreanu, MD

Scott Plaehn, DO, FACOI

Albert Ross, MD

John Walling, Jr., DO, FACOI

Siaka Yusuf, MD

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What happens during my first visit?
If you are a new patient, you can expect to have a complete physical exam. You will also be asked detailed questions about your current problems and your past medical history, your current medications, allergies, your family history and other pertinent medical information. If you are taking medications, please bring a completed medical history form with you to your appointment. Once the physician has reviewed your medical information and completed the physical examination, a plan of care will be developed. You may need to be seen again in the office, be referred back to your family physician for follow-up care, or require additional testing. If additional tests are needed, we will assist you in scheduling these tests.
What if I need to schedule an endoscopic procedure?
An endoscopic procedure allows the physician to visualize a part of your gastrointestinal tract with a special instrument called an endoscope. If your family physician has ordered testing, you will be contacted by telephone by one of our staff members. If an Digestive Health Institute physician orders testing and you are in the office, the procedure can generally be scheduled during the course of your visit. You will be given a date, time, and location for the test, as well as written instructions telling you how to prepare for the test. If you have any questions about the procedure, please feel free to ask one of our staff members or the physician.
How do I get test results?
We ask that you wait 10 to 14 days before contacting us for results. Often results come from several different sources. This information needs to be compiled and reviewed by your physician before you can be appropriately advised. You may call 517-332-1200 and press “8″ and your call will be directed to the triage nurse.
What insurances do you accept?
Digestive Health Institute accepts payment from most insurance companies including Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Physicians Health Plan, Cofinity, Sparrow Professional Health Network, Medicaid, McLaren, Health Plus, and several others. Accepted insurances are subject to change at any time without notice.

If your insurance requires an authorization from your primary care physician, you may be asked to assist us in obtaining this authorization.

All patients are responsible for all copays and deductibles at the time of service.

If you have any questions regarding your benefits or insurance coverage, please contact our Billing Department at 517-332-1200 #6.

What if I need to contact the doctor?
To contact your doctor during business hours please call our main number 517-332-1200. If you have an urgent need to speak with the doctor after hours please call our answering service at 517-483-9124 and the doctor on call will be paged. In the case of a medical emergency please proceed directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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