What's the difference between a permanent ileo and a loop ileo?

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   Posted 7/27/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I've been wondering this for a while...I know the loop ileostomy is temporary, but I don't understand how they do it. Could anyone explain please?
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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   Posted 7/27/2010 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
think about taking a garden hose and bending it in 1/2. That is your loop. Now, cut a little part of that top part off and that is what is coming out of your body to release the waste.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/27/2010 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Yup, it like a garden hose that is not cut all the way through and the two sides are held together so you see a hole on top and on bottom.

Loop Ileos are not always temporary...I have a Loop End Ileo that is permanent!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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   Posted 7/27/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had a question about this. When they make the temp ileo, how far away from the jpouch is it?
Er, or how many feet of intestine is there between the jpouch and the loop ileo?
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Step one of Jpouch surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Step two of Jpouch surgery - 9/?/2010

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   Posted 7/27/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
do you mean, how much of you intestine do they use for the j-pouch........

the pouch and ileo are not connected. so, there is 0 feet of intestine between them
when they connect them, they remove the ileostomy.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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