Ileostomy - Definition

March 2017


Definition


The ileostomy is a medical device, also called a stoma. It is placed surgically at the small intestine and through the skin of the abdomen. The ileostomy enables the detour and collection of feces in a pouch located outside the body and hung at the abdominal cavity. An ileostomy is required when the bowels are not working properly or have been removed, either because of injury or because of a disease like cancer. Depending on the part of the digestive tract that is affected, it can also be known as a colostomy.

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