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Could colostomy bags be temporary?

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

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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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?

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?

How should I care for a colostomy patient?

Colostomy: If your patient is a friend or relative with a new colostomy, be supportive and understanding. The colostomy requires care and supplies that are new. Help your patient learn the new supplies and techniques to change the appliances. ...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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Why does it hurt to have a bm with a colostomy?

It shouldn't: The colon itself has no pain receptors. You may have pain from relative obstruction to stool if t opening in the abdominal wall is narrow or scar tissue from surgery. A hernia at the Soma (carisoprodol) ite is another possible cause. ...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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Dr. Steven Fishman
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Ostomy (Definition)

An ostomy is a surgical operation to create a new opening in the abdomen, often in the ...Read more