An ileostomy is the surgical creation of an artificial opening, or stoma, in order to divert the natural flow of fecal waste from the body. This is performed when medically necessary, and there are various reasons why someone might require an ileostomy, including ulcerative colitis, blockage, injury, cancer, Crohn’s disease, severe irritable bowel disease, etc.

In a normally functioning digestive system, the small intestine works to absorb nutrients and water and breakdown food as it passes through from the stomach. From there, it enters the large intestine, where more water and electrolytes are absorbed. Waste is stored here until it can be eliminated from the body via the rectum.  However, when one part or all parts of this system are non-functioning or diseased, an ileostomy may be a medically necessary surgery to restore one’s quality of life.

Ostomy surgery and the following adjustment period of learning to care for your ileostomy can feel daunting at first, but many find that living with an ileostomy is preferable to difficult symptoms or feeling sick.

Once an ileostomy has been created, the liquid stool will need to be contained as it flows from the stoma.

Where your ileostomy supply needs begin, 180 Medical is ready to step in and work together with you to find the right pouches and accessories for your individual needs and preferences.