Ileostomy: A surgically created opening in the abdominal wall through which digested
food passes. The end of the ileum (lowest part of the small intestine) is brought
through the abdominal wall to form a stoma. An ileostomy may be performed when a
disease or injured colon cannot be treated successfully with medicine.
Reasons for Surgery:
Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease or Familial Porpoises to name some.
Care of Ileostomy:
A bag system is worn. Bags are odors free and different manufacturers have
disposable and reusable varieties to fit your lifestyle. Ostomy supplies are available
through your doctor via prescription. You take it to the chemist or send it to one of
many direct delivery services to your home.
Living with an Ileostomy
Work: With the possible exception of jobs requiring very heavy lifting, an ileostomy
should not interfere with work. People with ileostomies are successful business people,
teachers, tradesmen, etc.
Sex and Social Life: Physically, the creation of an ileostomy usually does not affect
sexual function. If there is a problem, it is almost always related to the removal of the
rectum. The ileostomy itself should not interfere with normal sexual activity or
pregnancy. It does not prevent one from dating, marriage or having a children.
Clothing: Usually one is able to wear the same clothing as before surgery including
Sports and Activities: With a securely attached bag one can swim, camp out and
participate in practically all types of sports. Caution is advised in heavy body contact
sports. Travel is not restricted in any way. Bathing and showering may be done with or
without the bag in place.