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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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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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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

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How do I exercise with a colostomy?

Go for it: People are able to live full, active lives with colostomies in place these days. You always want to check with your doctor but folks play all sorts of recreational sports with colostomies. You'll get more comfortable with it as you get used to it. ...Read more

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For how long does a colostomy last?

Depends: If it is done as a permanent colostomy or a temporary colostomy. Colostomies will last you a life time but you may only need it temporarily. ...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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