Why an ileostomy is done
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An ileostomy is done when there's a problem with your large bowel, such as bowel cancer or inflammation, which means it needs to be removed or rested.
Alternative procedures to an ileostomy, including a colostomy or ileoanal pouch, may be possible depending on why it's being done.
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