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I have a colostomy and a lot of pain and swelling in my lower right side?

I have a colostomy and a lot of pain and swelling in my lower right side?

Parastomal hernia: If your colostomy is set in your lower right side, you may have a hernia around your colostomy. A parastomal hernia will cause pain and swelling or bulge around your ostomy. Go to see your doc. A ct scan of your abdomen would be helpful to evaluate your symptoms. Like all hernias, a parastomal hernia should be repaired. ...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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Could the extreme pain I'm experiencing be a hernia of some sort? Colostomy reversal done last week & pain is on rt side 1-2" below stoma location

Could the extreme pain I'm experiencing be a hernia of some sort? Colostomy reversal done last week & pain is on rt side 1-2" below stoma location

Possible: But most likely, if you have closed wound, you may have collection serosangenous fluid under the skin possible early wound infection, and see your surgeon may drain the wound ...Read more

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Feeling lots of pain in lower left side of stomach months after colostomy pull-through surgery?

Feeling lots of pain in lower left side of stomach months after colostomy pull-through surgery?

Depends: On quality and character of pain. I suspect this was for diverticulitis perforation with colostomy and then takedown? You could have same thing happen again if the pain is constant, sharp and steady esp with fever or chills. Other possibility would be constipation or adhesion. Need to call ur medical doctor. ...Read more

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I recently had reversal of colostomy and am experiencing right side stab like pain, I have Crohn's could it be muscular or scar tissue?

I recently had reversal of colostomy and am experiencing right side stab like pain, I have Crohn's could it be muscular or scar tissue?

Yes or others: This very well could be scar tissue but it could also be an abscess or small leak. You should discuss with your surgeon asap and schedule an evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain midline right side upper and under ribs like being punched abd after colostomy surgery 8 weeks out? Sire and tender surgery left side

Pain midline right side upper and under ribs like being punched abd after colostomy surgery 8 weeks out? Sire and tender surgery left side

Pretty normal: This is normal especially if you had a laparoscopic port site there, or if you had a retracting instrument placed underneath your ribs during the operation. If you develop nausea, vomiting, fevers or chills seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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My friend has a colostomy bag, on her left side. On her right side she had a small incission, a few days ago, about 8 in. Of her large intestine has pushed it's way through. What should she do?

My friend has a colostomy bag, on her left side. On her right side she had a small incission, a few days ago, about 8 in. Of her large intestine has pushed it's way through. What should she do?

Go to the ER now: If she had recent surgery and you can see exposed bowel through the incision, she must go immediately to the hospital. Put a clean moistened towel over the incision and hold in place. Call the surgeon's office to tell them what is going on and tell them where you are going. ...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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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?

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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Does a colostomy have to be permanent?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: colostomy?

What is the definition or description of: colostomy?

'bag': 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 stool that exits it. ...Read more

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Am I likely to need a colostomy? If so, might it be permanent?

Am I likely to need a colostomy? If so, might it be permanent?

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 more

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If I have a permanent colostomy, is there any possibility to reconnect?

If I have a permanent colostomy, is there any possibility to reconnect?

If it is: Permanent, no. The surgeon must have removed all of rectum. If it were temporary, then it can potentially be reconnected at later date. ...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?

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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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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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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What is the rectal output like after a colostomy or ileostomy?

Rectal output: This depends if any rectum was removed when the colostomy or ileostomy was created. If the rectum is completely removed and the anus closed (APR operation), then there should be no output as there is no rectum remaining. If rectum is still present, then it is not uncommon to pass mucous produced by the lining of the rectum every few days or so. ...Read more

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Are a colostomy and an ileostomy performed in the same location?

It depends: Depends on the operation. An ileostomy is usually placed in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, but this can vary. A colostomy is typically formed in the left lower quadrant or right lower quadrant. Again, this can vary. Your surgeon should be able to tell you where a planned ostomy will be prior to surgery. It is important to meet with a stomal nurse before to optimize the location. ...Read more

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What type of beans are safest for someone who has had a colostomy?

Most kinds: The safest thing is to try one type at a time and see the result, there is no problem with any bean except that you may have excessive gas, in that case try beeno, gasex, etc if it is considered a problem. ...Read more

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Please explain why is the ileostomy more difficult than the colostomy?

Output: From an ileostomy is larger volume output and more liquid, making sealing an appliance often more difficult. Also much easier to dehydrate with an ileostomy than a colostomy. ...Read more

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What type of tests can be used to assess stoma function for colostomy?

What type of tests can be used to assess stoma function for colostomy?

Confused: The stoma functions by emptying stool or it doesn't. No need of test for that. A barium enema or colonoscopy might be used to check for other illness being present prior to reversal of the stoma. ...Read more

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My colostomy always leaks how can I stop this I have tryed e everything?

My colostomy always leaks how can I stop this I have tryed e everything?

Get to a: Qualified enterostomal therapist. There are many tricks and maneuvers available to prevent this from happening. ...Read more

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Is it true that you can irrigate with your colostomy. What is irrigation?

Is it true that you can irrigate with your colostomy. What is irrigation?

Yes: Irrigation of the colostomy is much like giving an emema. It stimulates emptying the colon. Occasionally this is a therapeutic intervention for constipation. Some long term colostomy patients use irrigation as a means of controlling when they eliminate into the ostomy bag. After irrigating, it might be several hours before having feces in the bag. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the correct way to empty an ileostomy or colostomy pouch?

Carefully & Complete: Most devices have a suitable opening
and clip to allow drainage conveniently. ...Read more

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If I recently had a colostomy operation, how long do I need to wait until I can fly?

Colostomy: What is "recent", you can fly with a colostomy if you have been cleared by your surgeon. ...Read more