An ileostomy (continent ileostomy, K-pouch) may be necessary when the portion of the small intestine called the ileum is damaged to the point that it cannot eliminate waste. The ileostomy is a connection from the end of the ileum to the skin of the abdomen. It is an opening that is created so waste can drain out of the body and into a bag. In a K ileostomy, the waste is collected inside the body and a catheter can be inserted to drain it. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how an ileostomy is performed, care guidelines, how to drain the pouch, and much more.
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