Types of ileostomy
There are two types of ileostomy - an end ileostomy and a loop ileostomy.
In an end ileostomy, the colon and rectum are removed and the end of the ileum is bought out through the stoma.
In a loop ileostomy, a loop of the small intestine is bought out through the stoma, but the colon and rectum are not removed. This is usually carried out as a temporary procedure, when it is necessary to remove only a part of the colon. Once the remaining colon has healed, it can be reconnected to the small intestine, and the stoma can then be closed.
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Thanks again for all the great information. I guess I like to conteplate on my stoma (instead of my navel), and I think I can see the mucous fistula. I always thought it was some surgical remnant. Also, my surgeon once told me when I was in the hospital that my stoma was "communicating" with my large intestine and he seemed bewidered as to how this could happen. I think you answered it! I also have mucous discharge from my rear on occasion.
Do you think having the mucous fistula so close makes a laproscopic reconnection more feasible?
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