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.
Caring for a Continent Ileostomy or K-Pouch
WebMD explains how to care for your ileostomy, or K-pouch.
Ulcerative Colitis Treatments & Surgery
Ulcerative colitis treatment is broken into three categories - medication, diet, and surgery.
Ileostomy & Colostomy Reversal Surgery
Here’s what to know if you’re thinking of getting surgery to reverse your colostomy or ileostomy.
Tips for Intimacy After Ostomy
Sex and the stoma: Preparation and confidence help you focus on the moment, not the pouch.
Slideshows & Images
What to Do When Ulcerative Colitis Flares
Get tips to help soothe ulcerative colitis flares, from diarrhea to pain and fatigue. Learn how to fight back with medication, diet, and more.
Slideshow: Ulcerative Colitis Surgery -- What to Expect
See the different surgeries used to treat ulcerative colitis. Learn when it may be needed, what is involved, and possible complications and benefits.
Slideshow: Ulcerative Colitis Diet Tips and Mistakes
See how diet can affect your ulcerative colitis. Learn what foods can aggravate it and how to get the nutrition you need.