CE: Caring for Patients After Ileostomy Surgery

Am J Nurs. 2023 Feb 1;123(2):36-41. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000918676.20331.3f.


After ileostomy surgery, patients require nutrition and hydration modifications to maintain electrolyte balances and prevent postoperative complications. In addition to becoming dehydrated, patients who have ileostomies can develop obstructions if care isn't taken to avoid certain kinds of foods. Moreover, changes to medications may be needed to manage ileostomy output or account for altered absorption. This article provides information on postoperative hydration, medication, and nutritional management to nurses caring for patients after ileostomy surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Ileostomy* / adverse effects
  • Nutritional Status
  • Patient Care
  • Postoperative Complications* / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications* / prevention & control
  • Water-Electrolyte Balance