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Dr. Wayne Myles
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Ileostomy (Definition)

A portion of the small intestine attached to the abdominal wall in order to be able to go to the bathroom if something happened to ...Read more


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How should I dispose incontinence pads or colostomy bags?

How should I dispose incontinence pads or colostomy bags?

Human Waste: Be mindful of your trash collectors. You can dispose of them in regular trash, like you would a baby's diaper. I would recommend a strong plastic bag that is tied off. You may wish to have a covered trash bin in a closet or cabinet with a baby-lock, especially if you have dogs. Empty the can frequently to keep odors down. Wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds after handlin. ...Read more

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Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Whatever: Can you still find a paper bag? The idea is to build up co2 levels so the smallest bag that will cover both your nose and mouth and hold a good breath would work. But a big bag would probably work almost as fast if that's all you have. Plastic would not be a good idea. ...Read more

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SubColectomy w/Ileostomy Placmnt in 01, Abdominal Dishences frm c.diff infec causin rectum removl. Ileostomy revisn X2 in 09. Reversal Possible now?

SubColectomy w/Ileostomy Placmnt in 01, Abdominal Dishences frm c.diff infec causin rectum removl. Ileostomy revisn X2 in 09. Reversal Possible now?

Maybe: It depends on whether or not the rectum was removed or not. There's no reason to think you have a sphincter problem, and if that's true, along with the presence of the rectum, you may be able to get reversed. Without most of the colon, likely to have frequent BM's. see a colorectal surgeon for a more complete eval. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Not to worry: If there is no history of ulcerative colitis in the past there is no reason to believe a reversal procedure will precipitate one. If you did not have ulcerative colitis before surgery you don't have to worry about it after. ...Read more

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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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Is the intubation process of continent ileostomy painful?

Is the intubation process of continent ileostomy painful?

Maybe Initially : You need to work closely with your ostomy nurse. Once you've done it a few times - it becomes almost automatic. It really is like inserting a pressure release valve, you will get good at it overtime. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the Foley catheter connect directly to a leg drainage bag?

I'm wondering can the Foley catheter connect directly to a leg drainage bag?

Yes: Ther are different bags do not try to fit one on the foley is supposed to be as sterile as possible manipulating a new bag on may contaminate it. ...Read more

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Diagonised with rectal cancer, after ileostomy reversal, frequent bm's, abcess withleakage at the surgery site. alternatives tocolostomy ?bowel trnspl

Diagonised with rectal cancer, after ileostomy reversal, frequent bm's, abcess withleakage at the surgery site. alternatives tocolostomy ?bowel trnspl

Insert drain: Ileostomy after rectal cancer is used to protect the rectal resuturing to establish continuity in the bowel. II there is some kind of abscess and leakage it can occur where the ileostomy has been reversed or at the site of the rectal suture line which may not have been ready for closure. Interventional radiology can place a suction drain to the site and left there until everything has healed. ...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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65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago¬hing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work.Lost faith in doc.Advise?

65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago&nothing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work.Lost faith in doc.Advise?

Bowel obstruction: You may have a bowel obstruction or abscess from resolving infection. You need IV fluid, possible ct scan or xray, bloodwork and possible antibiotics. Many early bowel obstructions within weeks of surgery resolve with conservative medical care. Call your surgeon or go to the hospital if you are feeling really sick. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a Brooke Ileostomy placement and an Ileoproctostomy?

What's the difference between a Brooke Ileostomy placement and an Ileoproctostomy?

Good difference: Brooks ileostomy is when a person loose all their colon or most of it by preserving the rectum, and the end of the ileum come out through the abdominal wall and connect to a bag to collect the stool it comes in different forms and function like continent vs incontinent . Visible vs non visible. Ileoproctostomy is when they connect that distal ileum to what ever left of the Colon mostly the rectum. ...Read more

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Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Likely not: The bag is not that easily digested but a small one may well pass through without causing any obstruction. Need to take him to the ER if he starts vomiting and complains of severe abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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Is it risky to hug someone who has a colostomy bag? Might the bag burst?

Hug a colostomy pt.: Colostomy patients need a hug every now & then too. The colostomy appliance & seal, volume of effluent in the bag, & location of the ostomy may alter where & how hard you want to squeeze when hugging. Seriously, don't worry about it but share your reservations with the person needing the hug (they can empty their bag beforehand to allay your concern), position appropriately, & hug away! ...Read more

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Paralyzed waist down, bubbles in cath bag after suds enema accidentally put in vagina.Low grade temp for 2 days. Could enema cause uti or worse?

Paralyzed waist down, bubbles in cath bag after suds enema accidentally put in vagina.Low grade temp for 2 days. Could enema cause uti or worse?

Yes: If some of the soap solution got into the urethra around the catheter and it was not sterile or if there is an abnormal connection between vagina and bladder. With a fever and changed appearance of urine you should be checked for a UTI. GOod luck. ...Read more

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SURGEONS: If a patient who had a Subtotal Colectomy w/Ileostomy placement 13yrs ago, resulting in short bowel syndrome & frequent loose bowels, but was wanting an Ileostomy Reversal, what would do & Y?

SURGEONS: If a patient who had a Subtotal Colectomy w/Ileostomy placement 13yrs ago, resulting in short bowel syndrome & frequent loose bowels, but was wanting an Ileostomy Reversal, what would do & Y?

Difficult question: to answer without knowing much more details. Why was that surgery done? What is the remaining anatomy? Remaining colon or rectum in place? Reconnecting an ileostomy after 13 years might not be well tolerated with resulting frequent diarrhea, poor anal muscle control, anal irritation & the surgery would not correct a short bowel condition. Need many more details to try to answer this question. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an ileostomy reversal surgery and a Ileoproctostomy?

What's the difference between an ileostomy reversal surgery and a Ileoproctostomy?

Bowel connections: Ileostomy reversal takes down outside cutaneous opening of ilium (part of small bowel) and attaches it to another loop of bowel usually colon for internal connection. Ilioproctostomy specifically attaches ilium to rectum. ...Read more

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What is the colostomy operation in colorectal cancer? Does the waste go outside of the body, come back in using the colostomy bag, eliminate by anus?

What is the colostomy operation in colorectal cancer? Does the waste go outside of the body, come back in using the colostomy bag, eliminate by anus?

Colostomy: With a colostomy the feces enter the bag and do not reenter the body. If the rectum is preserved there may be some rectal discharge of feces as well. The colostomy nurse instructs the patient and family on how to apply and empty the colostomy bag. ...Read more