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How long should I expect to stay in the hospital after continent ileostomy?

How long should I expect to stay in the hospital after continent ileostomy?

Depends: A patient can go home in as little as 24-48 hours after an ileostomy. Many factors are involved such as the underlying reason for the ileostomy, method of creation (open vs laparoscopy), patient age, social support at home, other procedures at the same time, etc. The most important determinant is the resumption of normal bowel activity. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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How long is the recovery time from an ileostomy?

Depends: If you are having a full abdominal surgery with intestinal removal, then a few days in the hospital and 6 week recovery with gradual increasing activities would be common. If it is only an operation for repairing or revising an ileostomy, then it would be a shorter surgery and return to home the same day with quicker return to normal. If the surgery is laparoscopic, then recovery would be faster. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is recovery from an ileostomy?

Docs, usually how long is recovery from an ileostomy?

2 weeks to 1month: Ileostomy is usually performed for obstructing cancer or blockage. Also for ulcerative colitis. After having an ileostomy the incision will heal from the inside. The sutures will last about 1 month. Watch your diet and fluid intake. Too much output from ileostomy can make you dehydrated. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait for loop illiostomy reversal?

Depends: This would depend on why that surgery was needed, overall health condition, medications such as Prednisone (steroids), etc. May be 3-6 months but entirely dependent on above conditions & evidence that everything is fully healed & recovered internally (such as intestinal pouch integrity, etc). ...Read more

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I am going in for ileostomy reversal surgery in 5 days...How long and how difficult of a recovery can I expect?

I am going in for ileostomy reversal surgery in 5 days...How long and how difficult of a recovery can I expect?

4-6 week full recovr: You will feel sore for 7-10 days and then gradually get better. For full healing and strength to return to the wounds it will take 4-6 weeks. You will need to avoid strenuous activity during that time. ...Read more

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When would one need ileostomy?

When would one need ileostomy?

Some diseases: Conditions when all of the colon needs to be removed such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Emergency surgery when there is a colon blockage such as from cancer, or emergency due to colon ischemia, or other emergencies when the colon cannot be reconnected. ...Read more

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Are there different types of loop ileostomy?

Not really: A loop ileostomy is an ostomy where both upstream and downstream ends of the bowel come through the same opening in the abdominal wall. It can be different in terms of what segment of bowel is used. It usually allows for a simpler closure of the ileostomy and a shorter recovery time following pouch surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ileostomy?

Small intestine skin: A portion of the small intestine attached to the abdominal wall in order to be able to go to the bathroom if something happened to the colon or rectum. ...Read more

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What exactly is a continent ileostomy?

Controllable: An ileostomy is placement of the end of the small intestine out of an opening made in the abdominal wall. Most of these will drain or empty spontaneously, without any control. A valve can be constructed at the opening of the intestine (stoma) which will allow no drainage unless a catheter is passed into the opening--we call this a "continent" ileostomy. ...Read more

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Are there different types of ileostomy surgery?

Are there different types of ileostomy surgery?

Yes: There is primarily one type of ileostomy commonly performed, the straight or brooke ileostomy. I am not sure if many are performing a koch pouch ileostomy anymore, which is a type of pouch used under the skin. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have anal sex after a ileostomy?

Is it safe to have anal sex after a ileostomy?

Unrelated: Ileostomy is unrelated to the anus. Anal sex can injure the tissues of the anus. Condoms, when used properly, can help protect against sexually transmitted disease (STD), but they are not 100% effective. ...Read more

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Could I still pass gas out of rectum with an ileostomy?

Yes absolutely: If there's any colon left, even just a rectal stump, some gas, on occasion, my pass. Also, there will occasionally be a smidgen of discharge, such as mucus, from the living large bowel. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's causes an anastomotic leak in regards to failed ileostomy reversal surgery?

What's causes an anastomotic leak in regards to failed ileostomy reversal surgery?

Many possibilities: Many things can cause a leak--poor blood supply, too much tension on the anastomosis, poor nutrition, use of immunosuppresants such as steroids, infection, distal obstruction, etc. A recent large study from Germany showed a leak occurs in around 10% of cases. Sometimes it's treated with bowel rest and drainage of the fluid, sometimes it requires another operation. ...Read more

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Help please! Is bloody and mucus discharge from the anus "normal" after an ileostomy?

Maybe: Find out from your surgeon if any of the colon remains. If there is still some of this large intestine, blood may have gotten into it during the operation and will pass with a small amount of mucous that the lining of the colon remnant secretes. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is bloody and mucus discharge from the anus normal after an ileostomy?

I wanted to know is bloody and mucus discharge from the anus normal after an ileostomy?

Depends: If the ileostomy surgery is new, there may be some temporary bloody and mucus drainage. If the ileostomy is not new, bloody drainage is not normal and should be evaluated by your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Are there risks if you are in a strenuous occupation following this continent ileostomy?

Are there risks if you are in a strenuous occupation following this continent ileostomy?

Hernias may form: Yes, it is possible to develop a hernia around the stoma if you do anything that uses your abdominal muscles since the ileostomy goes through the rectus muscle. A hernia may develop around the stoma site. I would definitely limit the amount of weight you lift at a time and try to limit the use of your rectus muscles if possible. ...Read more

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What is Intestinal Postoperation Non-absorption? How would it relate to an Ileostomy Reversal surgery?

What is Intestinal Postoperation Non-absorption? How would it relate to an Ileostomy Reversal surgery?

Yes it might: Removing part of the intestines, specially the ileum can cause mal-absorption of nutrients and vitamins. Reversal of the ileostomy is just putting the intestines back to normal, which may improve the mal-absorption of nutrients and vitamins and water. ...Read more

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I have been feeling unwell and have an ileostomy bag and keep getting bladder infections. I'm starting to worry.?

I have been feeling unwell and have an ileostomy bag and keep getting bladder infections. I'm starting to worry.?

Possible fistula: The question would be why do you have an ileostomy Recurrent urine infections can be caused by many things. In males it's less common One cause could be a connection to part of your go tract and your bladder causing bacteria to enter your bladder. Another cause may be your bladder is not emptying properly because of the surgery you have had. You will need an exam and probably a cat scan to evalua ...Read more

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What tests (if any) is a surgeon required to have a patient get done before performing an ileostomy reversal surgery?

What tests (if any) is a surgeon required to have a patient get done before performing an ileostomy reversal surgery?

Depends: Depending on your medical issues, medications and recent past testing you may not need any new testing. Often surgeons will at least ask for a blood count to make sure you aren't really anemic (low red blood cell count) and that your platelet numbers are fine (too low and the risks of bleeding go up) and coagulation studies (if they are abnormal the risk of bleeding can go up too). Best of luck. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had an operation and lost a lot of weight. What can I eat to regain the weight, bearing in mind I now have an ileostomy bag?

Hi, I have had an operation and lost a lot of weight. What can I eat to regain the weight, bearing in mind I now have an ileostomy bag?

This can depend: Depending on co-existing medical conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes or so fat malabsorption conditions this answer can vary widely. Discuss with your surgeon first and he/she may refer you to a nutritionist for further guidance. There are many supplement shakes on the market that can help add calories to your diet will not necessarily increasing the bulk of your stool. ...Read more

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If subtotal colectomy with creation of Brooke Ileostomy placement has been performed, would the rectal stump still be present or is it removed?

If subtotal colectomy with creation of Brooke Ileostomy placement has been performed, would the rectal stump still be present or is it removed?

It is often: Preserved if a REHOOK-UP is the plan!

Speak with your surgeon. This should not be an unanswered question!!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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When a permanent irriversible ileostomy surgery is performed, does it matter what side the ostomy site is placed? (Left or Right lower quadrant)

No it doesn't matter: And ileostomy is usually placed in the right lower quadrant or lower midline because that is where the bowel most easily comes up to the skin. ...Read more

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If someone has had subtotal colectomy w/Ileostomy placement, can a partial colectomy be performed later on down the road? And what's the difference?

If someone has had subtotal colectomy w/Ileostomy placement, can a partial colectomy be performed later on down the road? And what's the difference?

Big difference: A subtotal colectomy is removing almost all the colon; usually just a couple of inches are left near the rectum. A partial colectomy is not done AFTER a subtotal colectomy because there is basically no colon left. A partial colectomy implies that only a segment of colon is removed, like the right or left, and a good amount of colon is left. ...Read more

Dr. Wayne Myles
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