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What is the difference between ileostomy and a colostomy?

What is the difference between ileostomy and a colostomy?

Many: An ileostomy is made from the end of small bowel, tends to have a higher output and be more liquid and tends to be slightly more difficult to maintain. A colostomy is made from the colon (usually sigmoid) has output with a consistency of regular bowel movements. The are different situations (usually anatomical) for construction of one verses the other. ...Read more

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Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more


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What is the difference between an ileostomy and a colostomy?

What is the difference between an ileostomy and a colostomy?

When a portion: Of small intestine (ileum) is brought to skin level, it is called ileostomy. When a portion of large intestine (colon) is brought to skin level, it is called a colostomy. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on an ileostomy/colostomy?

Can you give me more info on an ileostomy/colostomy?

Different diversions: An ileostomy is usually performed when a major resection of colon is performed and mostif not all of the colon is resected for conditions such as colitis. A colostomy is a diversion in a portion of the colon to protect a distal colon resection and possible suture line. ...Read more

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Why is an ileostomy more difficult than a colostomy?

Ileostomy/colostomy: An ileostomy has mainly liquid output because the stool never passes through the colon to have the majority of water content re-absorbed. A colostomy will usually have more normal appearing, solid stool output. Patients can become severely dehydrated from high ileostomy output, sometimes needing hospitalization. Ileostomy output can also be more irritating to skin, making ostomy care difficult. ...Read more

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What diet is needed before a colostomy or an ileostomy?

What diet is needed before a colostomy or an ileostomy?

Liquid diet: For a procedure on the GI tract, the less food content in the bowel at the time of surgery, the easier for surgery to be performed. With colostomy and ileostomy the stoma is created on the abdominal wall in the absence of a needed anastomosis so that there is no problem with food products having to cross an early created anastomosis. A liquid diet prior to this surgery is helpful. ...Read more

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What care is required after a colostomy or an ileostomy?

Stoma Therapist: The most important consideration is care of the skin surrounding the colo/iliostomy appliance to prevent skin breakdown. Consult a stoma therapist to fit the appliance to your needs and help care for and maintain it. Consult your surgeon for the names of these RN Specvialists ...Read more

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What is the rectal output like after a colostomy or ileostomy?

Rectal output: This depends if any rectum was removed when the colostomy or ileostomy was created. If the rectum is completely removed and the anus closed (APR operation), then there should be no output as there is no rectum remaining. If rectum is still present, then it is not uncommon to pass mucous produced by the lining of the rectum every few days or so. ...Read more

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Are a colostomy and an ileostomy performed in the same location?

It depends: Depends on the operation. An ileostomy is usually placed in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, but this can vary. A colostomy is typically formed in the left lower quadrant or right lower quadrant. Again, this can vary. Your surgeon should be able to tell you where a planned ostomy will be prior to surgery. It is important to meet with a stomal nurse before to optimize the location. ...Read more

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Please explain why is the ileostomy more difficult than the colostomy?

Output: From an ileostomy is larger volume output and more liquid, making sealing an appliance often more difficult. Also much easier to dehydrate with an ileostomy than a colostomy. ...Read more

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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