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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Ask your caregiver about how often to change your colostomy pouch. The amount of time that you should leave your pouch on your abdomen depends on many things. The type of pouch you wear affects the amount of time you can wear a pouch. The kind and amount of stool you have also affects how long the pouch stays on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on disease: In order to give you an adequate response, i need to know what your diagnosis is. I am going to assume it is a colorectal malignancy. A colostomy is performed when it is necessary to bypass or remove the distal colon, rectum, or anus, and it is not advisable or not possible to maintain integrity of the bowel. The ostomy is permanent if the distal rectum or anorectal sphincter is removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Permanent no: A colostomy does not have to be permanent. But some patients are better off if it is permanent if the anal sphincter is weak or if the stool is frequent etc. Individual choices need to be made. You are in iowa city so jefffields at u iowa in gastroenterology can help guide you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Advanced Planning: Pack plenty of supplies, take them with your carry-on luggage; delays and lost luggage happen often when traveling. Identify stoma professionals at your destination; professional stoma societies have directories on the web. Special multi-lingual certificates and travel health insurance are also available from stoma societies. See your doctor before leaving: traveler's diarrhea is a special concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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