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Not for ulc. colitis: If the ileostomy was done for rx of ulcerative colitis that wasn't responding to meds, then not needed. May need occasional meds for symptomatic rx, e.g. Antidiarrheals. Joint issues, eye issues, skin issues often resolve after removal of the colon. Liver issues may not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had an ileostomy for uc since i was 7 and i'm now 27. What can I do to gain weight? I have always been under weight.
See nutritionist: Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation of the lining to the colon and the definitive treatment is removal of the colon. In many patients, there may be some short-term effect on weight, mostly related to high output and dehydration. In long-term patients, if you are unable to gain weight, you should see a nutritionist to review your caloric intake and the balance of minerals and vitamins. ...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