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What is a K-pouch?

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A continent ileostomy, or K-pouch, is a connection of the end of the small intestine, called the ileum, to the skin of your abdomen. A surgeon makes it so that liquids and partly digested food from your intestine can leave your body. Unlike other ileostomies, the surgeon sews the small intestine in a special way with a valve so that waste material doesn't leak out. Instead, you insert a tube called a catheter when it's time to empty the pouch.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

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