What is Ileostomy?

An ileostomy is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon opens the abdominal wall to bring the end or loop of the small intestine out onto the surface of the skin. The intestin...

How does it help?

Ileostomy is necessary when the large intestine is not capable of safely processing or releasing the intestinal waste. This happens when the bowel is diseased or damaged, or the...

How does it help?

What are the benefits and risks of this procedure?

Ileostomy can improve the quality of life of the patient, but as any other surgical procedure, it also has a few risks associated with it.

Post-surgery, once the patient has learnt to take care of the new waste elimination system, he/she can continue their normal activities like working, travelling, swimming, trekking, eating fast food, etc. It does not interfere with your sexual activity or fertility either.

The risks associated with the surgery are infection, blood clot, heart attack, stroke, difficulty in breathing, internal bleeding, damage to the surrounding organs, intestine blockage, and wounds.

If you have an ileostomy done, you may need to make major changes in your lifestyle such as avoiding strenuous activities, and avoiding certain food or making changes in your diet.

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