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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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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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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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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?

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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