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Doctor insights on: How Should One Empty A Colostomy Bag From A Chair

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How should one empty a colostomy bag from a chair?

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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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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I have mild spina bifida and a colostomy bag. How often should the bag be cleaned?

Stomal appliance fit: Priority is a good fit of your appliance. Prevent any excess baggage to carry around, by burping gas from you bag, and dumping contents so as not to burden your appliance and to raise your risk for leak. Empty your bag at least daily or twice daily as needed. Replace the bag as you change appliances, don't bother cleaning it, but maintain the cleanliness of the connections and the outside. ...Read more

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How long after a laparoskopic inguinal hernia surgery with mesh, is it safe to squat, bend over,push a stroller or lift? I am with a toddler at home.

How long after a laparoskopic inguinal hernia surgery with mesh, is it safe to squat, bend over,push a stroller or lift? I am with a toddler at home.

Post-op lifting: It is best to check with your individual doctor who did the surgery to see if thee were any specifics to your case that would limit these things. But in general for laproscopic surgery with mesh placement, you should avoid these things for 6 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Can i buy a bladder catheter and set it up myself? Or another way to cleanly collect my urine without going to the hospital or using a bucket / cup?

Can i buy a bladder catheter and set it up myself? Or another way to cleanly collect my urine without going to the hospital or using a bucket / cup?

Why ?: What do you plan to do with the pee. Your physician /pcp can provide you with these materials if they are needed & part of an ongoing evaluation or treatment. Otherwise the catheters are regulated medical devices in most states & require a prescription for sale by a medical supply house. ...Read more

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I have a spigi.Hernia and also a hernia in a old scar. How would the doctors remove? With a cut or laparoscopic surgery. How long hospital stay?

I have a spigi.Hernia and also a hernia in a old scar. How would the doctors remove? With a cut or laparoscopic surgery. How long hospital stay?

Sameway: Spegalian hernia develops inside the layers abdominal wall muscles, lateral to rectus abdominal muscle ( semilunrar line ) it could be repaired by open incision , or by laparoscopic method as shown in picture the defect as seen through the scope usually a mesh graft used to fill the weakness , most of the time home by next day, speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a small apartment, kitchen which is also bedroom, my baby is coming up in few weeks how safe is to place a bed for a newborn in a kitchen?

I have a small apartment, kitchen which is also bedroom, my baby is coming up in few weeks how safe is to place a bed  for a newborn in a kitchen?

Crib: Keep the baby in a crib away from the stove and baby proof the stove and lock all the cabinets and put away the knifes. In short make sure the baby cannot reach anything that could hurt her/him. Keep the temperature optimal and safe. ...Read more

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Fear of cauda equina ; should i wear a back brace? Should i worry about only a drop or two urine squeezing out a couple times a day from odd movements

Fear of cauda equina ;
should i wear a back brace?
Should i worry about only a drop or two urine squeezing out a couple times a day from odd movements

Cauda equina : Your doctor told you about this likely so you would be aware of the symptoms, not so that you can live a life of fear. If the symptoms come...Unlikely...They will be addressed with urgent surgery. More likely scenario is radiculopathy or leg pain even with a little foot weakness is an urgent matter but not an emergent matter. Have your surgeon reassure you. ...Read more

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Just had a partial hysterectomy with the davinci. When trying to sit up can a person get a hernia were one of the incision iis? Hurts more.

Just had a partial hysterectomy with the davinci. When trying to sit up can  a person get a hernia were one of the incision iis? Hurts more.

Yes: Yes, but pain at an incision site is normal. One site may hurtle than the others if that was the extraction site for the uterus, and they sdid extra suturing inside. A hernia is classically associated with a bump that you can push clack in to the abdomen. A hard bump you can't push in under the incision is normal for 6-8 weeks or so. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When should I put my 22 month old in a toddler bed? How can I get him to drink from a sippy cup instead of a bottle?

When should I put my 22 month old in a toddler bed? How can I get him to drink from a sippy cup instead of a bottle?

About now..: If your child is getting to big for the crib and has tried to get out, it is time to get him out of there! consider moving the crib mattress on to the floor so he can learn not to fall and if he does he will just roll off. As far as the bottle, its is way past due to take him off it. Remember kids learn by association, teach him to drink from a regular cup or from a straw. ...Read more

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What can be done for sickness from a stint inserted to keep a large kidney stone from moving?

What can be done for sickness from a stint inserted to keep a large kidney stone from moving?

Kidney Stone: Well, i think i sound like a broken record but if you just had a stent and are feeling ill, contact the physician who did the procedure or your family doc. They would no best what to do because they are currently treating you. ...Read more

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If a dr asked me to collect a 24 hour urine sample can I do that on my own in a jar or jug or do I need to go in to an office and get the cups - is it all my iron or just a portion from each time?

If a dr asked me to collect a 24 hour urine sample can I do that on my own in a jar or jug or do I need to go in to an office and get the cups - is it all my iron or just a portion from each time?

Get the container: Most 24 hr urine collection is in a very specific container. Pick it up. Empty your bladder in the toilet when you start the collection (say 7am) and then collect every bit of urine for 24 hours including the next day at 7 am. ...Read more

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How to tell if there is a half a cup of blood in the toilet after urinating from an anal tear?

How to tell if there is a half a cup of blood in the toilet after urinating from an anal tear?

Estimate: Your doctor may have asked you to look for bleeding with a known anal tear. You will need to estimate how much bleeding with an anal tear and bleeding. It is unusual to loose a lot of blood. The important steps are to use stool softeners. With this your bleeding will stop. Be well. ...Read more

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If i drink a bottle of water after how much time i can insert catheter to empty my bladder, have a neurogenic bladder and have to go in every 5-10 mins?

If i drink a bottle of water after how much time i can insert catheter to empty my bladder, have a neurogenic bladder and have to go in every 5-10 mins?

Small functional : Bladder. Likely due to neurogenic cause of your bladder disfunction. Needs to be worked up by a urologist with expertise in neuro-urology. You may well be a candidate for anticholinergic medication which will functional increase your bladder capacity. Otherwise might even be a candidate for bladder enlargement surgery(augmentation cystoplasty) good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a two month old baby a bath in bathroom sink from a hygienic standpoint?

Is it safe to give a two month old baby a bath in bathroom sink from a hygienic standpoint?

If clean: If the sink is clean & the child is healed securely, it shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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When should I transition from a bottle to a cup?

When should I transition from a bottle to a cup?

1 year: The goal is to get rid of the bottle by 1 year - it's better for your baby's teeth and babies who drink from a bottle after a year tend to get more ear infections. I usually recommend introducing the sippy cup around 9 months to give him a few months to get used to it (it's a different skill drinking from a sippy cup vs. Bottle). Nighttime bottles are usually the hardest to get rid of. ...Read more

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