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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

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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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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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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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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Where can I get colostomy support girdle?

Yes: possible to have custom made truss like device if you can find one who will make it for you Such services are extinct . Current appliances are better made , easy to use , for colostomy are very effective will not emit odor , will not fall out . ...Read more

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How should I care for a colostomy patient?

Speak to the doc: I would recommend speaking your physician about what to expect in caring for someone with a colostomy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what colostomy irrigation is?

Can you tell me what colostomy irrigation is?

Flushing the colon : Periodic colostomy irrigation may be necessary in some patients to evacuate the colon completely. This involves placing a catheter into the colostomy and give an enema( may use warm tap water). ...Read more

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Dr. Raj Kapur
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Colectomy (Definition)

It can mean removal of part or complete colon with ...Read more