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Ileostomy Creation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about ileostomy creation?

An ileostomy is an opening made on the surface of your abdomen. The lower part of your small intestine is the ileum. It is brought through the opening in your abdomen. A stoma (opening) is made from your ileum to allow you to have bowel movements. Your ileostomy may be temporary or permanent. An ileostomy is done to treat intestinal conditions such as Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer.

How do I prepare for ileostomy creation?

What will happen when I meet with an ostomy specialist?

Bring a family member or friend with you to learn how to help you. Write down any questions you may have so you will remember to ask them during your meetings.

What will happen during surgery?

General anesthesia will be given to keep you asleep and pain-free during your surgery. Your surgeon may do any of the following, depending on if your ileostomy will be temporary or permanent:

What will happen after ileostomy creation?

You will stay in the hospital for up to 10 days. You will have to walk several times per day while in the hospital. You will be taught how to take care of your ileostomy.

What are the risks of an ileostomy?

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