Colostomy and Ileostomy

A colostomy or ileostomy is an opening of the bowel through the abdominal wall. It is constructed when it is impossible to use the normal anorectal opening for the passing of faeces. This can follow surgery or may be the result of a blockage.

An ileostomy opens out on to the lower right hand side of the abdomen emptying the ileum or small bowel and a colostomy opens out on to the left side emptying the colon or large bowel. It is quite possible and is generally the rule to be able to lead a normal life after the need for these operations has been established and the operation carried out.

If possible, pre-operative counselling and education of patient and family should be arranged through your doctor, the Colostomy Rehabilitation Association or the Ileostomy Association in your particular state.

The functioning of the bowel to produce a stool once a day through the opening can usually be regulated by diet alone in the case of a colostomy. Sometimes a regular irrigation of the bowel is necessary to produce regulated evacuation of bowel contents.

A small gauze or disposable tissue under a small flat plate held in place by a wide elastic or an ordinary girdle is usually all the protection that is needed.

An ileostomy discharges small quantities of liquid material continuously. It doesn’t require irrigation and an appliance must be worn at all times. Modern appliances available today lie flat against the abdomen and adhere without the use of cement. They are inconspicuous and odour proof and need to be changed only every 3 to 5 days in most cases. They are drained at intervals throughout the day through an opening in the bottom of the pouch.

Your local Colostomy or Ileostomy Association will give you tremendous support both before and after the operation. All problems encountered can be solved in a variety of ways and as a normal life as you are prepared to work for both emotionally and physically can be looked forward to and expected.

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