The bag: What is an ileostomy?

Posted by duckduck2020 @duckduck2020, Feb 10, 2021

What is a illostomy?

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Hi @duckduck2020, welcome to the Ostomy group.
Here's a definition of ileostomy from the American Cancer Society:
"An ileostomy is an opening in the belly (abdominal wall) that’s made during surgery. It's usually needed because a problem is causing the ileum to not work properly, or a disease is affecting that part of the colon and it needs to be removed. The end of the ileum (the lowest part of the small intestine) is brought through this opening to form a stoma, usually on the lower right side of the abdomen. An ileostomy may only be needed for a short time (temporary), maybe for 3 to 6 months, because that part of the colon needs time to rest and heal from a problem or disease. But sometimes a disease, such as cancer, is more serious and an ileostomy may be needed for the rest of a person's life (permanent)." Read more

In this group, you'll meet others who have experience with an ileostomy, like @engelee @candywocrn @katydid77 @liegeman @iamthekat @msgtrebholtz and others.

Duckduck, I understand that your husband may need an ileostomy due to a bowel obstruction, possibly due to metastacized colon cancer. Is he scheduled for the ileostomy soon? I'm sure you have many questions. Please ask away.


I would love to be of some help, but, I have a colostomy and uroconduit


An ileostomy is when the small intestine is stitched to the outside of the abdomen usually on the left side. The large colon is either left alone to heal or removed. An ostomy bag is then worn on the abdomen to catch waste. The ileostomy itself has no nerve endings, so it doesn't hurt.i have an ileostomy due to ulcerative colitis and a rectal sphincter muscle that would not open to let stool out of my body. I have had my ileostomy for almost 5 years.

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