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During an ileostomy (say "ill-ee-AW-stuh-mee"), the doctor attaches the end of the small intestine to an opening in the skin. This allows waste to leave the body through a new opening called a stoma. A pouch attaches to the skin around the stoma. Stools collect in the pouch. The pouch must be emptied several times each day.
Your child may have this surgery if:
Your child may feel overwhelmed at first after getting the ileostomy. But you and your child will soon learn how to take care of it. Your care team, which may include nurses, a social worker, and a child psychologist, can help.
Your child will probably need to stay home from school for about 2 to 4 weeks. In time, your child should be able to fully take part in school, sports, and other activities.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
Adaptation Date: 6/12/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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