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She had a colostomy done 2 weeks ago and has irritating skin around area what can she use how to clean?

She had a colostomy done 2 weeks ago and has irritating skin around area what can she use how to clean?

Ostomy care: The following website can help provide useful information. http://www.ostomy.org/uploaded/files/ostomy_info/wocn_basic_ostomy_skin_care.pdf?direct=1 ...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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I am a muslim with a colostomy and find it difficult to be clean for prayers. What do you recommend?

I am a muslim with a colostomy and find it difficult to be clean for prayers. What do you recommend?

Rubber gloves: The issue of clean and unclean in muslim culture is one of social convention as it is not stated in the koran. But the social conventions are strong - left hand for cleaning, right hand for greeting, etc. One way to help with this is to purchase rubber gloves and use them when dealing with the colostomy (a good idea anyway) and then you will be clean underneath. ...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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Is a colostomy painful?

Is a colostomy painful?

No: If the appliance fits well it should not be painful. There may be post surgical pain as with any surgery. Make sure you care for the ostomy to prevent skin breakdown. ...Read more

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How is colostomy treated?

Nursing: Nursing ostomy care instructions will be given on care and colostomy supplies. ...Read more

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What is a reversal colostomy?

What is a reversal colostomy?

Reconnection: The reversal procedure is to re-establish colonic continuity so the patient can again eliminate via anus. Keep in mind that not all ostomies can or should be reversed. ...Read more

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What is a transverse colostomy?

ABDOMINAL OPENING: The second part of the colon, which runs from the right upper quadrant to the left upper quadrant is appropriately named the transverse colon. If this part of the colon is brought up to the surface of the abdominal wall, as a stoma, it is a transverse colostomy. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is a colostomy usually done?

How is a colostomy usually done?

Surgery: A colostomy is a surgical procedure where the colon is divided after which the upstream part is sewn to the abdominal wall so that the bowel contents can be collected in a bag worn on the abdominal wall, thereby bypassing the anus. This may be permanent (for low rectal cancer) or temporary (after emergency colon surgery). This may be done via laparoscopic or open surgery, depending on the reason. ...Read more

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What is a loop or end colostomy?

A form of diversion: A loop colostomy isusually used to protect an anastomosis used in the distal bowel. This prevents fecal contents from reaching the suture line and is constructed temporarily. An end colostomy is usually permanent and diverts bowel content from reaching the anal region following a cancer procedure. ...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