Question: What happens in an ileostomy?

An end ileostomy normally involves removing the whole of the colon (large intestine) through a cut in your abdomen. The end of the small intestine (ileum) is brought out of the abdomen through a smaller cut and stitched on to the skin to form a stoma. Over time, the stitches dissolve and the stoma heals on to the skin.

Can you still poop with a ileostomy bag?

Since the ileostomy has no sphincter muscles, you will not be able to control your bowel movement (when stool comes out). You will need to wear a pouch to collect the stool. The stool coming out of the stoma is a liquid to pasty consistency.

What comes out of an ileostomy?

Your stoma is made from the lining of your intestine. It will be pink or red, moist, and a little shiny. Stool that comes from your ileostomy is thin or thick liquid, or it may be pasty. It is not solid like the stool that comes from your colon.

What is the function of an ileostomy?

A ileostomy is a surgery that makes a temporary or permanent opening called a stoma. A stoma is a pathway from the lowest part of the small intestine, called the ileum, to the outside of your abdomen. This helps solid waste and gas exit the body without passing through the colon or the rectum.

How long do you stay in hospital after an ileostomy?

Going home. You may need to stay in hospital for up to 2 weeks after the operation, although this varies depending on things like your general health and the type of operation. Your stoma nurse or surgeon will give you advice about activities to avoid while you recover.

How soon can you drive after ileostomy?

You may begin to drive when you are able to complete an emergency stop safely. This is normally about 4-6 weeks after your operation. You may need to inform your insurance company that you have had an operation. Sometimes you may not be insured for a certain time after major surgery.

How long is recovery from ileostomy surgery?

Most normal activities are usually possible within 8 weeks, although youll often be advised to avoid more strenuous activities for about 3 months. Your abdomen will feel very sore initially during your recovery, but eventually settles down.

Reach out

Find us at the office

Vandervelde- Benatar street no. 22, 41683 Belfast, United Kingdom Northern Ireland

Give us a ring

Tristian Espalin
+61 275 909 392
Mon - Fri, 7:00-15:00

Reach out