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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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Is there any pain involved in an ileostomy?

Yes: Ilestomy is surgical procedure you have to cut the skin and the abdominal wall to reach to the gut ...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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Are there any contraindications to having the continent ileostomy?

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 more

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Gaining weight after ileostomy - could it be muscle?

Gaining weight after ileostomy - could it be muscle?

Not likely: You will not gain muscle mass unless you have been active in the gym. ...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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Is it possible for ileostomy to cause someone to get depression?

Is it possible for ileostomy to cause someone to get depression?

See below: Not the ileostomy itself. But certainly the disease, reason, surrounding the need for one. The daily ileostomy care. An altered body image beacause of the ilieostomy. If you are depressed, i would discuss your feelings with family members, and/or a counselor. ...Read more

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What are the features of a healthy ileostomy, jejunostomy, colostomy?

Healthy tissue: You should see pinkish or redish tissue protruding from the abdominal wall skin. This is healthy tissue. It should be functioning with gas and stool in the ostomy appliance or bag. ...Read more

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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

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