What is an Ileostomy?
An ileostomy is an opening made by a surgeon into the small intestine to allow stool to follow a different path. The ileostomy allows the diverted stool to leave the body without the use of the rest of the digestive tract.
What is a Stoma?
A stoma is the part of the small intestine that shows when it is brought outside the body, fashioned into a cuff, and attached to the abdomen in a secure way to allow for drainage. The stoma resembles the tissue on the inside of your cheek.
Why Would a Person Need an Ileostomy?
There are many reasons why a person would need an ileostomy. Medical conditions like injury, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or birth defects can lead to an ileostomy.
End Ileostomy: The colon, rectum, and anus are removed. This is a permanent procedure.
End Ileostomy with a Rectal Stump: The colon is removed but the rectum and anus are left intact. This procedure can be reversed with a second surgery.
Loop Ileostomy: This procedure diverts stool from diseased or injured bowel to allow time for healing.
I have the Permanent End Ileostomy.