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A 40-year-old member asked:

how would i clean my stoma?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Gently.: Gently cleanse the skin around the stoma when you change the pouch. There are special skin cleansers and also adhesive removers for this use. The mucosa, which is the pink part, does not need to be cleansed; it cleanses itself, and rubbing it will just cause bleeding and irritation. Appliances can be rinsed out at the sink. An enterostomal specialist can help!
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Gently: With warm water and a mild soap if necessary. No further cleaning is necessary. I use a soft piece of gauze to do the cleaning when needed.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How should I care for a stoma site?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Stoma care: It is really important one cares for their stoma properly. There are a couple of different kinds of stomas. My best advise is to work with your dr. And especially the nurse. In fact, there are certain nurses who specialize in this ostomy area and have real expertise. You should work closely with the nurse. Here is a link for a website dealing with ostomy care: http://www.Wocn.Org/.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some common stoma problems?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Skin problems: Common problems include irritation from leakage or fungal infection. Anatomic problems include prolapse, retraction or strictures. Parastomal hernias can be common.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What is the stoma like and where is it located?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Abdominal wall: A stoma is an opening either natural or surgically created, which connects a portion of the body cavity to the outside environment. Usually it connects part of the GI tract with the abdominal wall.
A 66-year-old female asked:

Are stoma reversals always successful?

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Dr. Frederick Slezak
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Not always: The success of a stoma reversal depends on many factors including the original reason for the stoma, the overall condition of the patient and the amount of bowel remaining. Often a temporary stoma is constructed for diverticulitis. In this situation, reversal is often successful assuming a healthy remaining rectum. Each case should be looked at individually for the pros and cons of reversal.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can cause my to stoma keep going up in size?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Sounds like you : Could be having prolapse of the stoma. Don't know what type of stoma this is but it should be looked at by your surgeon and discuss if this can be revised. Stomas will get bigger and then return to normal, due to passage of stool, but progressive growth of the stoma suggests a prolapse.

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