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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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