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What is the difference between ileostomy and a colostomy?

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Dr. Olaf Johansen
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Dr. Olaf Johansen
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Location, location

Colostomy is surgically created from the colon opening to the skin.
Sometimes temporary, sometimes permanent, depends on the cause for it. Usually on the left side, opens into a bag. Ileostomy is surgically created form the small bowel to the skin. Can open into a bag, or have internal valve ("continent ileostomy").

In brief: Location, location

Colostomy is surgically created from the colon opening to the skin.
Sometimes temporary, sometimes permanent, depends on the cause for it. Usually on the left side, opens into a bag. Ileostomy is surgically created form the small bowel to the skin. Can open into a bag, or have internal valve ("continent ileostomy").
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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