ILEOSTOMY

Ileostomy - Surgical Opening in the Small Intestine

If your life has been ruled by IBD for several years you will probably feel vastly relieved that something is being done to return you to good health. Within a few days after the removal of the diseased part of your gut, you will be amazed at the speed with which you start to regain your appetite, weight and energy! IBD is very debilitating, so the return of health and strength will be especially precious to you.

Colostomy - Normal

Your stoma nurse will probably offer to introduce you to an established ileostomate. The first surprise will be that this visitor dresses and acts just like any other visitor to the ward! No-one knows of the ileostomy unless actually told. How could anyone know - there is no bulge, no odour, no restriction on diet and activities. Go ahead and ask all those questions that have sprung to mind. Your visitor will gladly give honest answers, knowing full well what it is like to be a new ostomate.

Colostomy - Normal