What is an Ileostomy?
An ileostomy is a surgical procedure that redirects the small intestine toward a newly created artificial opening on 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).
When is an Ileostomy Necessary?
In 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 from 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 ileostomy may become medically necessary.
Reasons for this may include:
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Colon cancer
- Severe blockage or deterioration of the bowel
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
What to Do After Ileostomy Surgery
The period following your procedure will likely be a time of adjustment and healing as you learn to care for your new ileostomy. 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.
Where to Get Ileostomy Supplies
After ileostomy surgery, it’s a good idea to look for a reliable ostomy supply provider. This is because now that you have an ileostomy, you’ll need a regular supply of ileostomy supplies, including ileostomy bags, skin barriers, and other ostomy accessories.
When your ileostomy needs begin, 180 Medical is ready to step in. 180 Medical is a reliable provider of ostomy supplies and intermittent catheters 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 ileostomy a little easier. Get the high-quality ostomy products and compassionate service for which 180 Medical is known by contacting us today.