This explanation of a loop ileostomy was posted by Shaz back on 1/5 -- I'm copying it for you. I have no clue why a 2 pc appliance is suggested.
If your ileostomy is only going to be temporary, they tend to give you a loop ileo. To visualise this, imagine your colon is a piece of hose. Now imagine that piece of hose is almost cut in two but not quite so it's still joined together at some point. The is the part of the bowel they use for a stoma so that in actual fact there's two openings. One the working stoma (which comes from the digestive system) and the other stoma (called a mucous fistula) which joins on to the rectum and anus. At first you will find, there is usually a rod underneath the 'loop' of bowel between the two stomas, to keep it from gravitating back into your body while it heals.When the time comes for the ileostomy to be reversed, all the surgeon has to do is rejoin the two bits together properly and 'voila' you have a complete bowel again. See http://www.ostomates.org/ostomies.html#temp
I was in the hospital for 31 days. I felt horrible and to be honest not very social. My family visited almost everyday anyway. Sometimes just to watch me sleep. The phone became a great way of keeping me connected. If you have things that you like to do, like puzzles, reading, crafts(something kind of small) bring it with you. Take a few of your favorite pictures, bring your favorite slipper or pillow or throw blanket. Anything that makes you feel more at home. A lot will depend on how long your stay is. Just so you know I am also bipolar...which made for a great time...up and down....but the point is you get through it. This to shall pass. As far as complications. I was supposed to have a loop too, but they found cancer cells and made it permanent.....I'm closed in the back and have a stoma by my belly button....I don't have cancer...I'm not sick all the time...I have my life back....I just held on to my faith and friends and family, I trusted my doctor...I can't say everything is back to normal...I still have problems...one is that ostomies can make you more prone to kidney stone because of lack of water absorbsion...first 3 yrs sucked got them every winter...my own fault didn't drink enough in the winter not as thirsty...still have to drink. The first time that sucker came off on its own.....what a mess...I cried for20 mins...then I got up, cleaned up and put on a new appliance and I was fine.
It's not going to be perfect...there will be time you hate it...there will be times you bless your good fortune. Just remember, it will be a part of you like any other part. It just may require a little more effort. But the benefits can far out that. I wish you the best, and remember If you are going to worry, don't pray...If your going to pray, don't worry.
Have you ever smelt mint poop? trust me not something you need to experience. It won't hurt the bag but it will make you gag. I spray some oust over the toilet before I empty my bag so the smell is not so bad. best to flush while emptying(just takes some practice) also carry wet wipes of some type in case there is no water available and a collapsible cup in case there is but its not in the bathroom with you. This will make more sense to you as time goes on. Just trust me that you don't want to put anything in that bag that smells like something you put in your mouth.......GROSS ....LOL
TammyP.S. Hard as it seems, having a sense of humor about it helps