Definitions for ileostomy
surgical procedure that creates an opening from the ileum through the abdominal wall to function as an anus; performed in cases of cancer of the colon or ulcerative colitis
The surgical operation of attaching the ileum to the abdominal wall at a stoma (similar to a colostomy).
An ileostomy is a surgical opening constructed by bringing the end or loop of small intestine out onto the surface of the skin. Intestinal waste passes out of the ileostomy and is collected in an external pouching system stuck to the skin. Ileostomies are usually sited above the groin on the right hand side of the abdomen. Ileostomies are slowly being replaced by the now preferred alternative J-Pouch or BCIR. This surgery turns the small intestine into an internal reservoir thus eliminating the need for an external appliance.
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Surgical creation of an external opening into the ILEUM for fecal diversion or drainage. This replacement for the RECTUM is usually created in patients with severe INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES. Loop (continent) or tube (incontinent) procedures are most often employed.
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