An ileostomy is an opening in the belly (abdominal wall) thats made during surgery. Its usually needed because a problem is causing the ileum to not work properly, or a disease is affecting that part of the colon and it needs to be removed.
What is the difference between a colostomy and ileostomy?
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.
When is an ileostomy performed?
Ileostomy is done when problems with your large intestine can only be treated with surgery. There are many problems that may lead to the need for this surgery. Some are: Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease).
Does an ileostomy shorten your life?
Although it can be difficult to adjust at first, having an ileostomy does not mean you cannot have a full and active life. Many people with a stoma say their quality of life has improved since having an ileostomy because they no longer have to cope with distressing and uncomfortable symptoms.
Is an ileostomy a disability?
For those of us with a stoma and underlying medical conditions then PIP (Personal Independence Payment) may well be a thing that you may be able to claim. For those who arent aware, PIP is a disability benefit that can be claimed even if you work. It is a benefit that is not means-tested.