An ileostomy can be a very effective substitute to anal function and is compatible with an excellent quality of life. However, an appropriate construction is paramount to manage the potentially corrosive enteric content that exits from the stoma spout. The appropriate location of an ileostomy on the abdominal wall may be the most important factor in allowing optimal function of the stoma and should be appropriately planned and selected preoperatively. The ideal location for most ileostomies is in the right lower quadrant through the rectus muscle, sufficiently away from the midline incision to allow proper placement of the stoma appliance.


Rectus Muscle Ileal Pouch Stoma Aperture Loop Ileostomy Parastomal Hernia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colorectal Surgery, Digestive Disease InstituteCleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA

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