OSTOMY CARE

What is an Ileostomy?

OSTOMY CARE

What is an Ileostomy?

Last updated 01/06/20

An ileostomy is created out of the ileum (small intestine)[1], and due to its mainly fluid output, requires some particular but simple attention to keep you comfortable and healthy.

The ileum contains digestive enzymes and acids that may cause skin irritation, extra care is needed with an ileostomy to keep waste materials from coming into contact with the skin on your abdomen.[2] Please check out our Skin Care solutions to support you with this.

Drink plenty of water and fluids—at least six to eight cups (1.4 - 1.9 litres) per day. Having an ileostomy may make you more prone to dehydration, which could lead to the loss of important minerals your body needs.[3]

 

There are two types of ileostomy:

 

Loop Ileostomy

  • A loop of small intestine is brought out through the abdomen, opened up and stitched to the skin to form a stoma
  • This procedure is typically intended to be temporary and may be reversed at a later date

 

End ileostomy

  • Part of the large intestine is removed, and the end of the small intestine is brought through abdomen and stitched to the skin to form a stoma

 

 

The Digestive System showing an Ileostomy in the Small Intestine

The Digestive System showing an Ileostomy in the Small Intestine

 

 

 

 

 

[1] What is an ostomy? page. United Ostomy Associations of America Web site. http://www.uoaa.org. Accessed December 10, 2015.

[2] McGarity WC. Gastrointestinal surgical procedures. In: Hampton BG, Bryant RA, eds. Ostomies and Continent Diversions: Nursing Management. St Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book; 1992:349-371.

[3] Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group Foods page. Mount Sinai Hospital Web site. http://www.mountsinai.on.ca. Accessed November 15, 2007.

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