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What is a Loop Ileostomy?
Patients that have been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disease may be advised to consider a loop ileostomy procedure. A temporary loop ileostomy is performed when the entire colon, rectum, and anus do not need to be removed. This procedure will result in a loop stoma – a stoma with upstream and downstream openings positioned in the same place on the abdominal wall. These dual stomas drain waste and mucus and may require a special pouching system.
Is a Loop Ileostomy Permanent or Temporary?
A loop ileostomy is normally a temporary procedure performed on patients that have only had a portion of the colon removed. Once the functioning part of the colon has properly healed, the stoma may be closed and the colon reconnected to the small intestine. This corrective procedure is referred to as an ileostomy reversal.
What Leads to a Loop Ileostomy?
Loop ileostomies are performed on patients that have been diagnosed with Bowel Cancer or Crohn’s Disease. When a portion of the colon, anus, and rectum remain intact, physicians will normally choose to perform a temporary loop ileostomy or a double-barrier ostomy to give patients the option to reverse the procedure in the future. Loop ileostomies may require the use of a small plastic rod positioned between the skin and the bowel to hold the bowel in place.
Possible Complications with a Loop Ileostomy
Complications associated with loop ileostomies are very similar to those of other ostomy procedures. Retraction of the stoma is one of the most common complications that patients experience with loop ileostomies. This occurs when the stoma ‘disappears’ or retracts back into the abdomen. Other complications include ileostomy flux, parastomal hernia, stomal prolapse, paraileostomy abscess, poor location of stoma, and severe skin excoriation.
Who Should Have a Loop Ileostomy?
Several medical conditions may require a loop ileostomy. Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, typhoid, Crohn’s Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Bowel Cancer, and other gastrointestinal diseases often result in ostomies, and when part of the colon, anus, and rectum are preserved, a temporary loop ileostomy is preferred, as it can be reversed.
Additional colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy and ostomy information can be found below:
- Urostomy Care
- Ostomy Supplies
- Working with a Colostomy
- Ileostomy Care
- Ostomy Barrier Cream
- New Ostomy Tips
- Home Medical Supplies
- Ostomy Diet
- Temporary Colostomy Care
- Overall Colostomy Care
Consult your physician before making any changes in your ostomy care.
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