Usually, ileostomies (stomas made from the last portion of the small intestine) are placed in the right lower quadrant, while people who require colostomies (stomas made from part of the large intestine) have their stomas placed in the left lower quadrant of the abdomen.
Where is an ileostomy located?
An ileostomy is an opening in the belly (abdominal wall) thats made during surgery. Its usually needed because a problem is causing the ileum to not work properly, or a disease is affecting that part of the colon and it needs to be removed.
What is the difference between the location of a colostomy and ileostomy?
A colostomy is an operation that connects the colon to the abdominal wall, while an ileostomy connects the last part of the small intestine (ileum) to the abdominal wall.
How long does an ileostomy last?
If you have a continent ileostomy, the surgeon will leave a tube in the pouch so the waste can drain continuously, called an indwelling catheter. This will last for about 3 to 4 weeks. Once the indwelling catheter is removed, you will need to drain the pouch several times a day.