You had an injury or disease in your digestive system and needed an operation called an ileostomy. The operation changes the way your body gets rid of waste (stool, feces, or poop).
Now you have an opening called a stoma in your belly. Waste will pass through the stoma into a pouch that collects it. You will need to take care of your stoma and empty the pouch many times a day.
About Your Stoma
Things to know about your stoma include:
- Your stoma is the lining of your intestine.
- It will be pink or red, moist, and a little shiny.
- Stomas are most often round or oval.
- A stoma is very delicate.
- Most stomas stick out a little over the skin, but some are flat.
- You may see a little mucus. Your stoma may bleed a little when you clean it.
- The skin around your stoma should be dry.
The feces that come out of the stoma can be very irritating to the skin. So it is important to take special care of the stoma to avoid damage to the skin.