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People have ileostomy surgery for various medical reasons. Explore some of the more typical illnesses and conditions that can result in having an ileostomy.
There are several medical reasons why someone may need ileostomy surgery. Regardless of the specific illness or condition, an ileostomy is needed when the large intestine cannot safely process waste.
Deciding on an ileostomy
If your doctor has recommended ileostomy surgery, it’s normal to feel cautious or even scared. You may also feel a little overwhelmed by all the information provided to you by your healthcare team.
Some people opt to get a second opinion before undergoing such a life-changing procedure. If all of your healthcare providers agree that an ileostomy is the best way to help get you well again, the next step is to remember that you’re not alone. There are tens of thousands of people of all ages that have successfully undergone some type of ostomy surgery.
Why do I need an ileostomy?
Below is a list of some of the more common reasons for ileostomy surgery:
Talk to your healthcare team about your specific situation. They can help you become more comfortable and gain confidence that an ileostomy is right for you.
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The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.
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