• We're here for you

    IA is a support group run by and for people with ileostomies and internal pouches with the primary aim of helping people who have had their colon removed return to a full and active life as soon as possible after surgery

  • Supporting our young members

    Young IA aims to support our members aged under 40, and other young people, either pre-surgery or post-surgery, who undergo either an ileostomy or an internal pouch operation

  • Internal pouch advice & support

    We provide information, advice and support for people who have had internal pouch surgery, and for others who are interested in the subject

  • Enjoy the benefits of membership

    Join IA today to access visiting services, specialist advice and the IA Journal, a valuable source of information for both ileostomists & internal pouch patients

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Latest News

Online education tool for living with...

A research team based at the University of Hull have teamed up with IA to explore the experience of living with an ileostomy. Some of you took part in the first study last summer, in which they int…

Open Stoma Meeting

Exeter Surgical Health Services Research Unit are holding an Open Stoma Meeting in collaboration with Devon IA on Tuesday 21st April.…

Leak Detection Device for Ostomy...

This study relates to the design and production of an early warning system that can be used to alert the patient to the impending advent of a leak.…

'I couldn't go out for a meal or...

Following his diagnosis of ulcerative colitis in 2008, midfielder Darren Fletcher talks about his fight against illness, the impact it had on his family and his career and his decision to have surgery…

Find your local group

IA is made up of local groups throughout Great Britain and Ireland. There is also a postal branch for overseas members.

Click the map for further information about your local group, including how to get in touch.