"GI Didn't Know That": Understanding the Difference Between a Colostomy and Ileostomy

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Part 1 in an educational video series exploring ostomy procedures, appliance use and ostomy management

by Joy Hooper RN, BSN, CWOCN

I am a visual learner. For me, watching a demonstration or viewing a photograph usually makes what I am trying to learn easier for me to understand. As a new blogger with OstomySource, I would like to bring in a more visual format, a vlog rather than a blog. I would like to begin with the ostomy basics by introducing detailed explanations of different ostomy procedures in a video series titled "GI Didn't Know That."

Have you ever gotten confused between a colostomy and an ileostomy? Although there are similarities between the two types of ostomies, there are unique differences, as well. This video will help highlight those differences and provide you with a better understanding of both colostomy and ileostomy surgery.

About the Author
Joy Hooper RN, BSN, CWOCN is a nurse entrepreneur with twenty years of experience working in a variety of hospital and in-home care settings. Ms. Hooper is an avid advocate advocating for ostomy awareness and bowel sensibility having founded the Southern Georgia Ostomy Association. She routinely makes house calls to wound and ostomy patients within her region and provides lectures in colleges and health care facilities.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of OstomySource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.



just viewed your video (V-Log). Had to tell you
I thought it was great -- would like to know if it's
permissible to send the page to my support group members.

We still use your video on our page...Thanks, it has
helped so many. It's close to the one I just watched
BUT the new "V-Log" has more info.

Keep up the GOOD WORK!

Larry Pilarski
AKA The Ostomyvisitor

Bayonne Ostomy Alliance
Ostomy Alliance of Jersey City

You are welcome to share the page link with any of your group members.

Thank you for the comment.

Thanks Again,

Joy Hooper, RN, BSN, CWOCN

The video is outstanding and she is up to it. I have a broader view and understanding of the Difference Between a Colostomy and Ileostomy. It has given me better idea as to how to clean and handle same.

Good job, Joy! It was really good.

Thank you.

Joy- what a great video. My background is more on the urology ostomy side - but I greatly appreciate your explanation. The question that came up as I listened is how often are the differences by locations in colostomies discussed? Is this a discussion to be had specifically or is there a way to make a general statement of the possibilities of alternate sites than the one shown?

I appreciated this as it would dovetail so well into a quick discussion on urinary ostomies.

Thanks for the good job.
Holly J

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