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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?

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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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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Do charcoal pills help with odor with a colostomy?

Do charcoal pills help with odor with a colostomy?

Yes, and : You might also try bismuth subgallate and parsley. These are tricks that my stoma therapist tells her patients. ...Read more

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How can I enjoy sex if I have a stoma or colostomy?

How can I enjoy sex if I have a stoma or colostomy?

Creatively: A stoma doesn't mean the end of intimacy. Both you and your partner need to understand that the stoma is now part of things. Different positions can help. Both of you need to keep an open mind. Don't let the situation get you down. Your sex life should remain good! ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on an ileostomy/colostomy?

Different diversions: An ileostomy is usually performed when a major resection of colon is performed and mostif not all of the colon is resected for conditions such as colitis. A colostomy is a diversion in a portion of the colon to protect a distal colon resection and possible suture line. ...Read more

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Why is an ileostomy more difficult than a colostomy?

Ileostomy/colostomy: An ileostomy has mainly liquid output because the stool never passes through the colon to have the majority of water content re-absorbed. A colostomy will usually have more normal appearing, solid stool output. Patients can become severely dehydrated from high ileostomy output, sometimes needing hospitalization. Ileostomy output can also be more irritating to skin, making ostomy care difficult. ...Read more

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Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

No special diet requ: After a colostomy you can eat anything you want but i would emphasize a high fiber diet because it makes the output more manageable. ...Read more

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What diet is needed before a colostomy or an ileostomy?

What diet is needed before a colostomy or an ileostomy?

Liquid diet: For a procedure on the GI tract, the less food content in the bowel at the time of surgery, the easier for surgery to be performed. With colostomy and ileostomy the stoma is created on the abdominal wall in the absence of a needed anastomosis so that there is no problem with food products having to cross an early created anastomosis. A liquid diet prior to this surgery is helpful. ...Read more

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What care is required after a colostomy or an ileostomy?

What care is required after a colostomy or an ileostomy?

Stoma Therapist: The most important consideration is care of the skin surrounding the colo/iliostomy appliance to prevent skin breakdown. Consult a stoma therapist to fit the appliance to your needs and help care for and maintain it. Consult your surgeon for the names of these RN Specvialists ...Read more

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What is the difference between ileostomy and a colostomy?

What is the difference between ileostomy and a colostomy?

Many: An ileostomy is made from the end of small bowel, tends to have a higher output and be more liquid and tends to be slightly more difficult to maintain. A colostomy is made from the colon (usually sigmoid) has output with a consistency of regular bowel movements. The are different situations (usually anatomical) for construction of one verses the other. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an ileostomy and a colostomy?

When a portion: Of small intestine (ileum) is brought to skin level, it is called ileostomy. When a portion of large intestine (colon) is brought to skin level, it is called a colostomy. ...Read more

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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