Proctocolectomy and ileostomy

If the rectum is not healthy, some patients may have to undergo a proctocolectomy. This involves the removal of both the large intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus. and the rectum.

As the rectum has been removed, another procedure called an ileostomySurgery that involves bringing part of the small intestine, the ileum, through the abdominal wall. The intestinal contents are collected by a bag worn over the hole, or stoma. is then needed to divert waste matter to the outside of the body. An ileostomySurgery that involves bringing part of the small intestine, the ileum, through the abdominal wall. The intestinal contents are collected by a bag worn over the hole, or stoma. is similar to a colostomySurgery that involves bringing part of the large intestine through the abdominal wall, through an opening called a stoma. Faeces are collected by a bag worn over the hole. in that an opening (stoma) is made in the skin of the lower abdominal wall. In this case, the small intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus. is connected to the abdominal wall so that waste material passes to the outside of the body.

There can be complications following this type of surgery, including blockage of the stoma and retraction of the intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus., which may require further surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the possible complications that could happen during and after the surgery.