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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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Dr. Wayne Myles
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Ileostomy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What exactly is an ileostomy reversal?

What exactly is an ileostomy reversal?

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 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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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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In regards to tests performed for possible ileostomy reversal, what does this mean: scan to check that timing for reversal is correct?

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 more

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How can I find out about diet for a person with an ileostomy?

Check with: The surgeon who performed the surgery, your ostomy nurse or the united ostomy association. The internet site for the latter has many useful tips for ileostomy patients. ...Read more

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Are there different types of ileostomy bags?

Yes: For sure and an enterstomal therapist should be able to assist you with finding the perfect appliance for you. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get an ileostomy done?

Some: An ilesotomy is a bowel surgery and will require incisions of some sort (laparoscopic versus open procedure). You can expect to have some degree of postoperative pain - usually that is controlled well with iv, im, and/or oral medications. ...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