What is an ileostomy?
An ileostomy is a surgical procedure which usually involves removing the whole of the large intestine or colon (1) and sometimes the rectum (2)
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What is an ileostomy?
The end of the remaining small intestine or ileum (3) is then cut and brought to the surface of the abdomen to form a stoma (4) which is usually situated on the right hand side of the body.
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What is an ileostomy?
(4) The ileum is brought through the abdominal wall and the surgeon folds it back on itself, stitching it to the skin, creating the stoma.
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(5) A drainable stoma appliance called a stoma bag is attached covering the stoma and collects the waste product exiting the body.
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