Why an ileostomy is done

Reasons for having an ileostomy

An ileostomy is usually done when your large bowel (colon) needs to be removed, or rested after treatment or surgery.

An ileostomy might be needed because of:

The ileostomy might be temporary and reversed later, or permanent, depending on why it's needed.

Alternatives to an ileostomy

It may be possible to have another procedure instead of a permanent ileostomy, depending on why it's being done.

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