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. You must empty the pouch several times each day.
have this surgery if:
You may feel self-conscious when
you first get the ileostomy. But you will soon learn how to take care of it.
will probably need to take off from work at least 6 weeks, depending on your
job. In time, you should be able to live a full life,
including taking part in sports, sex, and other activities.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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