Ileostomy location, surgery next week

Having the pouch removed after 25 yrs.  What are the factors for choosing location of the stoma?  Seems like they usually put it on the right, although I am not sure why.  I sleep mostly on my left side, so would probably be best for that.  I think it is usually above the the belt line to accommodate wearing pants.  I have an upcoming pre-op stoma appt to determine location, so would appreciate any input you could offer.

 

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