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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My father has an ileostomy bag, CT shows sign of spread towards liver &nodes very small can he take milk thistle and cod liver oil if yes what dosage?
When to get checked: Your dad has been through a lot. Cod liver oil and thistle likely won't hurt him. However, please check in with the docs on his team, both surgical and oncology about additional options for his care. Go with your dad to help understand risk/benefit analysis, stage and life expectancy. Be well. ...Read more
Went into hospital with double pneumnia & a week later, I woke up wearing a colostomy bag and was told they had to perform an ileostomy placement. Y?
Wow.: I imagine that was quite a shock. I am sure that ileostomy isn't part of the usual treatment of pneumonia. I think you need to inquire further when your doctor makes the rounds, if still hospitalized. Maybe you had a bowel emergency as well such as obstruction or necrotic bowel after loss of blood flow. If you were extremely ill in ICU that could be possibly connected. Perplexing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reconnect intestine: This generally refers to the removal of an ileostomy (loop of intestine attached to the skin so stool can drain into a bag on the abdomen) and reconnection of the ileum to the colon or intestine( or in some cases creating an ileal pouch). It really depends on the exact circumstance of the ileostomy and what else was done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In regards to tests performed for possible ileostomy reversal, what does this mean: scan to check that timing for reversal is correct?
Anastomosis intact: Purpose of an ileostomy is to allow function of small bowel when there is a colonic problem. If total colectomy, then an end ileostomy is performed If ileostomy is used to protect a distal colon resection where continuity is provided by a an anastomosis that may have compromised circulation the ileostomy protects the anastomosis. until healing demonstrated by x-ray studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crohn's disease: A continent ileostomy uses about 18" of your intestine to create the internal pouch. If you have a chronic inflammatory process that can effect other areas of your small intestine in the future your risks of future surgery and having too little small bowel for nutritional support increase. If the small bowel is normal then continent ileostomy can be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer