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An ileostomy is a surgical procedure to link the end of the small intestine to an opening in the abdomen (stoma) or to an internal pouch.
Why it is used
An ileostomy is performed when the colon is damaged, inflamed, or loses function.
How it is performed
An ileostomy can be performed in several different ways. The technique used depends on the underlying condition.
Recovering from an ileostomy
Following an ileostomy, the speed of recovery will depend on the nature and severity of the condition, the complexity of the surgery, age and overall health.
Complications of ileostomy
As with any surgery, complications can develop during or soon after having an ileostomy. You should discuss the risks with your surgeon before the procedure.
The following recommendations may help to treat or prevent some of the issues that arise after having an ileostomy.