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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If it is an elective: Operation, only rarely, depends on location of abnormality for which the colectomy is being done. If you need to have a complete procto-colectomy, yes, you would need a permanent colostomy. In all other cases, a colostomy would usually be a temporary one, even if necessary. If it is a right hemi-colectomy or an ileo-colectomy, chances of a stoma are very low. Ask your surgeon for specifics. ...Read more
No bag: A colostomy is performed when the bowel is resected and there is a significant length of proximal colon and minimal or no length of distal colon to bring the ends together as with an APR. When a stoma is present, irrigations should be started on a daily basis and a square pad placed over the stoma. With daily performance the colon will eventually function only when irrigation employed. ...Read more
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