Conclusion: A loop ileostomy has a number of advantages over a colostomy. However, in patients with an increased risk of dehydration or compromised renal function, colostomy construction should be seriously considered given the higher complication risk if a high-output stoma develops.
Why do I need a ileostomy instead of a colostomy?
The bowel may have to be rerouted through an artificially created hole (stoma) in the abdomen so that faeces can still leave the body. A colostomy is an operation that connects the colon to the abdominal wall, while an ileostomy connects the last part of the small intestine (ileum) to the abdominal wall.
Do you lose weight with an ileostomy?
Losing weight after having an ileostomy involves consuming fewer calories than one burns in a day. However, cutting back on dietary intake can be difficult for a person who has had an ileostomy, as they have to be careful to ensure that they get enough vitamins and minerals.
How many times do you empty your ileostomy bag?
Ileostomy output will be liquid or pasty depending on your diet. You will need to empty your pouch about 6 –8 times per day. Never let a pouch become more than half full. It is best to empty the pouch when it is 1/3 full.
How long does an ileostomy reversal operation take?
The reversal is a small operation lasting approximately 30 to 60 minutes but still involves a general anaesthetic. You will usually be in hospital for about three to five days. You will have a small wound where your stoma (ileostomy) was.