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What is an Ileostomy?

An ileostomy is a surgical procedure that redirects the small intestine toward a newly created artificial opening in the abdomen, which is known as a stoma. This allows fecal waste from the small intestine to bypass the colon and collect in an external ostomy pouching system (e.g., ileostomy supplies).

ileostomy pouches

When is an Ileostomy Necessary?

digestive systemIn a normally functioning digestive system, the small intestine absorbs nutrients from food and fluids. Next, it works to break down food as it passes through the stomach. From there, waste enters the large intestine, where more water and electrolytes are absorbed. Waste waits in the colon until it can leave the body via the rectum.

However, when one or more parts of this system are non-functioning or diseased, an ostomy may become medically necessary.

Reasons for an ostomy may include:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Severe blockage or deterioration of the bowel
  • Injury
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

What to Do After Ostomy Surgery

The period following your procedure will likely be a time of adjustment and healing as you learn to care for your new ostomy. With time, the right support system, and the best ileostomy products for your needs, your new ostomy may improve your health and quality of life.

Your doctor and/or ostomy nurse will probably let you know that the time following your surgery is best for resting and healing. As you’re recovering from surgery, take time to do some online research and find ostomy support groups and other resources as you start out.

For more detailed information about your ileostomy, check out Convatec’s guide for Living with Confidence after Ileostomy Surgery.

support group
You may find help from fellow ostomates online or in local support groups.

Where to Get Ileostomy Supplies Online

When your ostomy needs begin, 180 Medical is ready to step in. 180 Medical is a reliable provider of ileostomy supplies for people all over the country.

Our customers highly review our service and standards. Also, you’ll have access to a team of certified WOCNs (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses) for more in-depth medical questions regarding your ostomy, stoma, or peristomal skin health.

Take the first step toward making life with an ostomy a little easier. Get the high-quality ostomy products and compassionate service for which 180 Medical is known by contacting us today.


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