An ileostomy is created out of the ileum (small intestine)1 and requires some particular but simple attention to keep you comfortable and healthy.

Ileostomy surgery

  • Because the ileum contains digestive enzymes and acids that may cause skin irritation, extra care is needed [click here for Silisse™ Skin Barrier] with an ileostomy to keep waste materials from coming into contact with the skin on your abdomen.2
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids—at least six to eight cups (1.4 - 1.9 litres) per day. Having an ileostomy may make you more prone to dehydration, which could lead to the loss of important minerals your body needs.3