Looking for feedback from those who have ileostomies and especially anyone who had a colostomy that was changed to an ileostomy.
A little over 6 years ago I got a permanent colostomy. But now my gastro doctor said because of a bad stricture and polops in my bowel he is recommending to my colon surgeon that it be made into an ileostomy with most of my bowel removed–right now I have about 40% of my bowel left.
Anything in particular, any suggestions or ideas you have that will help me adjust to an ileostomy?
In particular I also want to know:
Am I likely to lose weight with more of my bowel removed?
Will the ileostomy be less noisy, less gassey, than the colostomy?
Will I have trouble with medication, pills, not fully digesting with less bowel?
Will I have more skin issues, leaking and such with the ileostomy?
I have Crohn’s Disease with no signs of the disease in my small bowel. By getting rid of most of my large bowel am I less likely to have Crohn’s issues in the future?
Anything else I should know?
Much thanks for your thoughts and feedback!
Colostomy Vs Ileostomy