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I have colostomy bag. Recently had some blood in stool. Does doctor have 2 wait till blood is absent to give me reversal operation to remove bag?

I have colostomy bag. Recently had some blood in stool. Does doctor have 2 wait till blood is absent to give me reversal operation to remove bag?

Probably not: Obvious gross bleeding would delay things until cause of bleeding is found. Minor bleeding from edge of stoma or stoma itself should not be of concern, nor should test for "occult blood" which is usually positive in colostomy patients. ...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


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65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago¬hing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work. Lost faith in doc. Advise?

65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago&nothing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work. Lost faith in doc. Advise?

Bowel obstruction: You may have a bowel obstruction or abscess from resolving infection. You need IV fluid, possible ct scan or xray, bloodwork and possible antibiotics. Many early bowel obstructions within weeks of surgery resolve with conservative medical care. Call your surgeon or go to the hospital if you are feeling really sick. ...Read more

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How should I change a colostomy bag?

How should I change a colostomy bag?

Colostomy bag: Http://www. Wocn. Org/
this is a website and an excellent place to start to find all kinds of great information regarding this question. I think you should be able to find an ostomy nurse who is best qualified to help with your needs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Colectomy without colostomy bag, can you tell me more?

Colectomy without colostomy bag, can you tell me more?

Total: Colectomy, sparing the rectum and attaching the last portion of small intestine to the rectum. Can still defecate thru the rectum but stools may be looser and mor frequent than with an intact colon. ...Read more

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Could getting a colectomy mean i'll need a colostomy bag?

If it is an elective: Operation, only rarely, depends on location of abnormality for which the colectomy is being done. If you need to have a complete procto-colectomy, yes, you would need a permanent colostomy. In all other cases, a colostomy would usually be a temporary one, even if necessary. If it is a right hemi-colectomy or an ileo-colectomy, chances of a stoma are very low. Ask your surgeon for specifics. ...Read more

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Could getting a colectomy mean I'll have to get a colostomy bag?

Could getting a colectomy mean I'll have to get a colostomy bag?

No bag: A colostomy is performed when the bowel is resected and there is a significant length of proximal colon and minimal or no length of distal colon to bring the ends together as with an APR. When a stoma is present, irrigations should be started on a daily basis and a square pad placed over the stoma. With daily performance the colon will eventually function only when irrigation employed. ...Read more

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Is it risky to hug someone who has a colostomy bag? Might the bag burst?

Hug a colostomy pt.: Colostomy patients need a hug every now & then too. The colostomy appliance & seal, volume of effluent in the bag, & location of the ostomy may alter where & how hard you want to squeeze when hugging. Seriously, don't worry about it but share your reservations with the person needing the hug (they can empty their bag beforehand to allay your concern), position appropriately, & hug away! ...Read more

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If a woman has a colostomy bag placed, how hard would it be to have a baby?

If a woman has a colostomy bag placed, how hard would it be to have a baby?

Not much harder: Depending on the reason for the surgery, the woman's fertility should not be affected, although some causes may increase chance of a c section. ...Read more

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How should one empty a colostomy bag from a chair?

Carefully: Whether sitting or standing, it shouldn't really matter. As long as the open part of the bag is at the lowest point, you should be able to empty the bag completely without making a mess. ...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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I've had about 5 episodes of diverticulitis since May....keeps returning monthly. Does surgery mean a colostomy bag is necessary?

Probably not: It's likely that you won't need a colostomy. It depends, however, on which parts of your colon are involved. Usually the disease is most significant in the sigmoid colon. It can usually be removed and a new connection (primary anastomosis) created without the need for a colostomy. I'd suggest you see a surgeon, go over your imaging, and discuss the options. ...Read more

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Can shingles affect you more if you use an ileostomy (colostomy bag)?

NO relation: Shingles or Herpes Zoster is caused by chicken pox virus effect the nerve root and its distribution. Use of stmal bags has no relation. ...Read more

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I think I injured my colon or something. Will I need a colostomy bag?

I think I injured my colon or something. Will I need a colostomy bag?

Go to ER!!!: This question doesn't make sense. If you had a traumatic injury to your colon, how are you typing this message?

Regardless - er now.

Go to the emergency room right now if you are asking questions like this. ...Read more

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I have mild spina bifida and a colostomy bag. How often should the bag be cleaned?

Stomal appliance fit: Priority is a good fit of your appliance. Prevent any excess baggage to carry around, by burping gas from you bag, and dumping contents so as not to burden your appliance and to raise your risk for leak. Empty your bag at least daily or twice daily as needed. Replace the bag as you change appliances, don't bother cleaning it, but maintain the cleanliness of the connections and the outside. ...Read more

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With a colostomy bag from Crohn's disease can dehydration cause green watery output? Should I be worried?

With a colostomy bag from Crohn's disease can dehydration cause green watery output? Should I be worried?

Opposite: Diarrhea is not a sign of dehydration. If you have been on antibiotics you may need to get the stool tested for bacteria that can cause diarrhea. Or if you have part of your colon removed then diarrhea in the beginning is normal and should improve. If your ostomy is from small bowel then the only stool is liquid so that is normal. ...Read more

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Went into hospital with double pneumnia & a week later, I woke up wearing a colostomy bag and was told they had to perform an ileostomy placement. Y?

Went into hospital with double pneumnia & a week later, I woke up wearing a colostomy bag and was told they had to perform an ileostomy placement. Y?

Wow.: I imagine that was quite a shock. I am sure that ileostomy isn't part of the usual treatment of pneumonia. I think you need to inquire further when your doctor makes the rounds, if still hospitalized. Maybe you had a bowel emergency as well such as obstruction or necrotic bowel after loss of blood flow. If you were extremely ill in ICU that could be possibly connected. Perplexing. ...Read more

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Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Depends: Most of the time when a temporary colostomy is done anorectal area will be intact, if that is the case could be reversed, some times due to disease process anorectal part of colon is removed then can not be reversed. Consult your surgeon after evaluation will tell you if it could be reversed or not, . ...Read more

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Will shingles affect you more if you have an iliostomy (colostomy bag)? Please help me docs!

Will shingles affect you more if you have an iliostomy (colostomy bag)? Please help me docs!

Optimizing health: If u have had an ileostomy, I wonder 'what for' & what might be your underlying health status? If you've had the chickenpox as a child, u have that same virus living in you now --in ur nerve roots. There are things you can do to prevent shingles from coming out later (which is reactivation of that nasty chickenpox virus). Avoid stress/illness. Talk to ur MD about Zostavax 'off label' (for 50+). ...Read more

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Have colostomy bag hard time passing stool trying to pass stool what can I take to make it happen stool is hard

Laxatives: You are describing constipation. Any number of agents are available over the counter. You should drink a lot of fluids and eat fibers. If continues, then see the doctor. ...Read more

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I just had a colostomy bag surgery in dec and tried to have sex for first time. It's horribly painful and can't penetrate. Why? What can I do?

I just had a colostomy bag surgery in dec and tried to have sex for first time. It's horribly painful and can't penetrate. Why? What can I do?

Need to see ur PCP: You have to be examined to make sure there is nothing physically wrong i.e., ulcer/infection etc. It may just be hormonal and lubrication issue but you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need a colostomy bag if I get bowel cancer?

No: Not in all cases. If it's limited involvement and the surgery is planned, usually don't need a bag. If you get a low-lying rectal cancer, a bag is more likely. ...Read more

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What can cause difficulty swallowing in an 80 years old who has a colostomy bag?

I don't think: Difficulty in swallowing has anything to do with colostomy. It can be a mechanical obstruction or difficulty with muscle coordination or strength. Get to a doctor, because if he aspirates his food or gastric contents, it can be a serious problem. ...Read more

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Does a person always need a colostomy bag after colon cancer and if not why not? Thanks all

Does a person always need a colostomy bag after colon cancer and if not why not? Thanks all

No,: It depends on the size, extent, and location of the tumor and other clinical factors. Sometimes a primary re anastomosis can be performed, where the 2 ends of the colon are reconnected following resection of the diseased part. ...Read more