Having an ostomy can be a life-changing experience. There are two types of ostomies: ileostomy and colostomy. While both have their own unique benefits, there are some key differences between ileostomy and colostomy that you should know before making your decision. In this post, we will explore the differences between these two types of ostomies so that you can make the best decision for yourself.
What is Ileostomy?
An ileostomy is a surgical procedure in which an opening is made in the ileum, the last section of the small intestine, and brought through the abdominal wall. The opening, or stoma, is then sutured into place. An ileostomy is typically performed as a treatment for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or cancer of the rectum or colon. An ileostomy may also be necessary if the small intestine has been damaged by injury or surgery. An ileostomy is usually a temporary procedure, but in some cases, it may be permanent. Ileostomates must wear an ostomy pouch to collect stool and gas. Ileostomates must also take care to avoid dehydration and malnutrition by staying well-hydrated and eating a balanced diet.
What is Colostomy?
A colostomy is a medical procedure in which an opening is created in the colon and the end of the intestine is brought through this opening and attached to the surface of the abdomen. A colostomy may be temporary or permanent. The temporary colostomy is usually done to allow the colon or rectum to heal. A permanent colostomy is usually done when there is no chance that the colon or rectum can be repaired or when there is a blockage that cannot be removed without a colostomy. A colostomy may also be done as part of treatment for cancer.
Difference between Ileostomy and Colostomy
- Ileostomy and colostomy are two types of surgeries that involve the creation of an opening in the abdominal wall to allow for the drainage of waste. Ileostomy surgery is performed when there is a need to bypass the large intestine, and colostomy surgery is performed when there is a need to bypass the rectum and anus. Ileostomy surgery is typically performed when there is Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or blockages in the small intestine.
- Colostomy surgery is typically performed when there is cancer in the colon or rectum. Ileostomy surgery results in the formation of a stoma, which is an opening in the abdominal wall, while colostomy surgery results in the formation of a colostomy, which is an opening in the colon.
- Ileostomy surgery requires the use of a bag to collect waste, while colostomy surgery does not require the use of a bag. Ileostomy surgery is considered to be permanent, while colostomy surgery may be temporary or permanent.
Ileostomy and Colostomy are two different surgical procedures that are used to treat a variety of medical conditions. While both procedures have their benefits, it is important to understand the difference between them before making a decision about which surgery is right for you. If you have any questions about Ileostomy or Colostomy, please don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.