what is the difference between a colostomy and an ileostomy

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bella3250
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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i have a temp ileostomy and i see that some people here have colosotomies.  what is the difference?

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   Posted 9/5/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
An ileostomy is where the stoma is made from the ileum (small intestine) hence 'ile' ostomy. A colostomy is where the stoma is made from the colon (large intestine) hence 'col' ostomy. Basically, in a permanent ileostomy all of the large intestine is removed whereas in a colostomy, only part of the large intestine is removed.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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   Posted 9/6/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering this very same thing this morning :) So people that have their large intestine removed due to UC, they get the ileostomy? When is a colostomy performed such as in what sort of illnesses/disease etc?
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   Posted 9/6/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
With UC, all of the large intestine is always taken since UC is virtually guaranteed to come back in any remaining intestine meaning further ops. It can be an ileostomy, j pouch, kock's pouch or BCIR (all have the same end result - no large intestine).

With Cancer or CD, it can be an ileostomy or colostomy, depending on the extent of the damage. With CD, they try and preserve as much of the intestine as possible so if it's affecting only part of it, then they will remove only part of it. Trauma can make either type of ostomy necessary too.

Hope this helps.
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   Posted 9/7/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes it does Shaz, thank you :) I knew that no part of the large intestine could remain in people with Uc but I didn't know the why's about colostomies.
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