Blockages and Dehydration: Those who have had ileostomy surgery are most at risk of blockages and dehydration, but a good practice for all is to hydrate properly and thoroughly chew your food. If you suspect a blockage it requires quick attention and often an emergency room visit. Download our card for guidance and use in hospital visits.
Nutrition Support is most commonly used for vitamin B-12 absorption issues. In other severe cases intravenous and tube feeding may be needed. The Oley foundation can provide additional support in this regard.
Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS, Short Gut) is a rare but severe malabsorption issue. Short bowel syndrome generally occurs when a large portion of the small intestine has been removed by surgery or as a result of disease or injury. Know the symptoms and talk to a doctor to see if you are at risk.
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