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Dr. Steven Fishman
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Ostomy (Overview)

An ostomy is a surgical operation to create a new opening in the abdomen, often in the colon or small intestine.


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How do you care for ostomy?

How do you care for ostomy?

Ostomy nurse: An ostomy nurse can suggest the best appliance for your ostomy type and location as well as troubleshoot leaks and skin breakdown. Benzoin or zinc oxide are good choices for leaks or skin breakdown, respectively. Ostomy paste can help "flatten" any uneven areas that prevent wafer from forming adequate seal. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Fishman
68 doctors shared insights

Ostomy (Overview)

An ostomy is a surgical operation to create a new opening in the abdomen, often in the colon or small intestine.


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Can you tell me about an ostomy?

Opening: From something out to skin usually. Gastrostomy - stomach tube to skin Colostomy- large bowel to skin. Appendicostomy- appendix to skin( rare BUT someone else was asking) ...Read more

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Who makes the best ostomy pouch?

Ostomy supplies: There are several manufacturers of ostomy supplies. The label "best" is individual for your ostomy. Sometimes you will need to try several types and brands before you find best. Home nurses, insurance contracting and durable medical supplier provide the different ostomy supply choices. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the ostomy bag?

A lot depends: On which stoma. Different companies make many different models. Best to consult with enterostomal therapist at a medical center. If a good seal can be maintained, a stoma should not interfere with daily activities. ...Read more

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Would you date someone with an ostomy?

Would you date someone with an ostomy?

Why not?: You may need one at some point yourself. ...Read more

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What is it like to live with an ostomy?

MOst people: Can live an entirely normal life with an ostomy. One has to accept this as being better than the alternative of living or dying with the illness that requires an ostomy. I only advise patient to avoid contact sports, but other than that there are no limits. Call your local ostomy association and meet with a trained visitor to look into your concerns. ...Read more

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What's the most used ostomy supply used?

What's the most used ostomy supply used?

Stoma bags : Stoma bags and adhesives and cleaning supplies are commonly needed if you have a stoma. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a "butterfly" ostomy?

What can I expect from a "butterfly" ostomy?

Loop?: If you are referring to a loop ileostomy or colostomy, you an expect the poop to some directly out through the ostomy in the abdominal wall and in to a plastic pouch designed for this purpose. Many people have fully functional lives with these, without interference. Also, they are not always permanent. Discuss the issue with yor surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an ostomy?

How common is it for someone to need an ostomy?

Not uncommon: It isn't terribly uncommon, as used with a variety of bowel illnesses/injuries. It is frequently and interval solution during healing or other treatments until it is possible to rejoin the bowel. On most cases it is temporary, but in certain cases it can be long term or permanent. ...Read more

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Is there anything you could put in an ostomy bag to reduce odor?

Several: First off get a list of foods tthat cause increased odors from your et nurse. These include onions and the like. There are commercial products that you can place in the pouch to diminish or cover up the odor. Check with your ostomy appliance supplier for availability. ...Read more