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How can I bathe with a colostomy?

How can I bathe with a colostomy?

Shower and reapply: If the stoma is mature you can bathe normally, but you will need to reapply the pouch after your shower. Talk to your ostomy nurse and see if she has any suggestions or limitations for your particular ostomy. ...Read more

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Bathing (Definition)

Anything dropped in a fluid filled compartment is said to be bathing. The most common is the human body in a tub, but you can bathe your arm or leg at certain times (and your pets). Food soaked in savory fluid is also said to be bathing (such as bathing rama ...Read more


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Could colostomy bags be temporary?

Yes: In the presence of a permanent colostomy, especially if the colostomy is in the distal bowel, daily irrigations and wearing a gauze pad can replace the need for a bag. A colostomy nurse can train to irrigate. After a while the stoma will not function unless irrigation is employed. ...Read more

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Why would a colostomy be performed?

Why would  a colostomy be performed?

Colostomy may: Be needed for cancers too close to the rectal muscles to maintain continence, or any time that stool needs to be diverted away from necessary healing in the low pelvis. The former is not reversible, the latter is. ...Read more

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What should I expect after a colostomy?

What should I expect after a colostomy?

Life goes on: Is it permanent? If so, you will need to make adjustments and expect some inconveniences. You will be able to do mostly anything. Work closely with a ostomy nurse from the start. Support groups are helpful with good tips. ...Read more

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Will weight loss or gain affect my colostomy pouch?

Will weight loss or gain affect my colostomy pouch?

Possibly: As you gain weight, your abdominal wall gets thicker and it may cause the ostomy to retract. It also increases the risk of a patastomal hernia. In a similar fashion, weight loss can put you at a risk of prolapse, patastomal hernia, and poor appliance fit. Certainly, it's important to follow with a surgeon or a certified ostomy nurse. ...Read more

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What do I do about severe back pain after colostomy?

What do I do about severe back pain after colostomy?

Hmm: If the pain is within days/weeks of the colostomy then you need to get urgent evaluation by the general surgeon and your primary care provider. If the pain is "chronic" as in more than 6 months, then you should also get an opinion from your general surgeon, but then you might also consider seeing an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Anyone have rectal cancer removed without a colostomy?

Anyone have rectal cancer removed without a colostomy?

Sometimes: It depends on exactly where the cancer is located, and you need a surgeon experienced in this technique. ...Read more

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Can i take tramadol to relieve pain with a colostomy bag?

Can i take tramadol to relieve pain with a colostomy bag?

Colostomy: Yes you can. Generally speaking, though, a properly formed colostomy that is functioning well should not be painful. Reasons for painful colostomy may be due to a stricture (tightening) at the intestinal opening, or due to improper fitting colostomy bag. Occasionally a hernia can form around the ostomy (parastomal hernia) and this could be painful. You should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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How should I dispose incontinence pads or colostomy bags?

Human Waste: Be mindful of your trash collectors. You can dispose of them in regular trash, like you would a baby's diaper. I would recommend a strong plastic bag that is tied off. You may wish to have a covered trash bin in a closet or cabinet with a baby-lock, especially if you have dogs. Empty the can frequently to keep odors down. Wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds after handlin. ...Read more

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If I have a surgery for my colon, will I end up with a colostomy?

If I have a surgery for my colon, will I end up with a colostomy?

Not necessarily: It depends on where in the colon your surgery is and for what indication ie cancer or benign disease. Sometimes the colostomy is temporary as the surgery may be 'staged' into two or more operations. You should consult your surgeon regarding the specific indications for the surgery and alternative options. The majority of colon operations are completed without a colostomy. ...Read more

Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more