Surgery may be required for some patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In some surgical procedures, an ileostomy may be an option. This animation describes what an ileostomy entails, what a “stoma” is, what happens after the surgery, and what an ostomy pouch is. The goals of surgery for IBD are to cure (in ulcerative colitis) or achieve stable medication-free remission (in Crohn’s disease) and allow patients to live a healthy, active life.
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