Ileostomy Care – When Problems Occur

An ileostomy is the product of a procedure in which the lower part of the small intestine (ileum) is transferred through the abdomen. In the abdominal wall an opening is created, and a stoma is developed. The stoma is usually found at the bottom right of the abdomen. Stool is then pumped out into an apparatus or bag from the ileum to the outside of the body. The stool will get a fluffy and sometimes liquid consistency following surgery. The apparatus looks flat and sticks adhesively to the skin to hold the package to the surface. click here

Things to Know If Issues Occur Stoma Size-Learning the scale of the stoma can help you find the correct ileostomy depth device. Most supply companies with ostomy will provide a map with precut gaps. The scale can be calculated rapidly by putting the map over the stoma.

Protruding or recessed-The patient will have less problems with bleeding and longer wear periods if the stoma is protruding. Patients will have a hard time with a recessed stoma without the correct equipment. A recessed stoma tends to be surface level or to fall into the tissue. In this case the correct appliance is one where the barrier is convex in form. The convex form tends to protrude the stoma and reduces the risk of leaking.

Ostomy Belt-Using an ostomy belt can be of great help when leaking is an issue. An ostomy belt is an elastic belt that connects to and stretches around the individual on either side of the device. This will help put strain on the device if the adhesive isn’t adequate.

High Stool Production-High output can trigger some serious issues. Not only can high output contribute to more regular leaks and skin irritations but very rapidly dehydrate individuals with higher output ileostomies. Doctors that recommend an anti-diarrhea prescription such as lopermide or a lopermide combination with a mild narcotic pain reliever such as codeine. Codeine is not used to relieve discomfort but instead is used to produce strong stool and slow down bowel movements for its habit. Individuals with high output ileostomies will insure that their physicians are aware of the high level of output from stools.

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