I have crohn's disease, and I talked to my surgeon today. It seems that getting an end ileostomy is very probable for my situtation. I'm already living with a colostomy, so I'm used to the whole thing; but something my surgeon said to me today made me worry a little.
Because my colorectal surgeon is one of the best in Europe, I generally trust his words.
He said: After getting an ileostomy, you will have to use anti diarrheal drugs (loperamide, immodium, lomotil etc...) every day for the rest of my life.
He counted three reasons for this:
To reduce dehydration
To reduce electrolyte imbalance (serum sodium/potassium levels)
And to reduce low hemoglobin risk that are associated with post ileostomy life.
I doubt every person with ileostomy use these drugs like this (every day,
and lifelong use)
What's been your experience with ileostomy in regard to this issue?
Can I live my life mostly free of anti-diarrheal drugs after a total colectomy?
I appreciate all the answers, thanks in advance.
Post Edited (xy123) : 6/2/2017 3:19:37 PM (GMT-6)