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Ileostomy

A loop ileostomy is  an operation to allow the joined ends of a bowel to heal properly following earlier surgery. 

Once your consultant is happy that the ends of the bowel are successfully healed  they will suggest reversing the ileostomy allowing the bowels to open in the correct way. 

The operation will last approximately 45 minutes and will be performed under general anaesthetic. Prior to the operation you may be given an enema to allow faeces to move more easily following the operation.

A cut in the skin will be made around the original ileostomy to free up the loops of small bowels used to make the ileostomy. The ends will then be joined back together and placed back into the abdominal cavity. The cut will then be closed at the end of the operation. 

We advise that a member of family or friend collect you from the hospital following surgery. 

Most patients will be allowed home three to five days after the operation. With normal eating and drinking activity being gradually allowed in the days following the operation it is common for the tummy to become bloated and feelings of sickness to occur. 

You will not be allowed to drive following the operation and will be able to return to work within a few weeks. Regular exercise will aid the recovery time but if you have further questions please speak with your consultant. 

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.

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The Sefton Suite
Aintree University Hospital
Lower Lane
Liverpool
Merseyside
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551