Part of your intestine was removed or separated from the rest of the intestine. This is most often done because of a disease. During the ileostomy, the surgeon made a hole in your belly and connected part of the small intestine to that opening in the skin. This opening is called the stoma.
A pouch is attached to the outside of the stoma. Stool collects in the pouch and must be removed several times each day. The stool will be looser or have more liquid than before surgery.
You are likely to have cramps that come and go for the next few days. You may also feel like you have the flu, and you may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated. This is common. You will probably feel better in a week. A nurse or other health professional will show you how to care for your stoma and pouch after you go home.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems with your stoma.
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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