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Will colostomy significantly change my lifestyle forever?

Will colostomy significantly change my lifestyle forever?

Takes time to adjust: It is a major shift in life and takes tremendous courage and tolerance. It is a shift in thinking. Dr.Remen has one she speaks about her life her website http://www.Rachelremen.Com/ktw.Html i was inspired by dr. Remen you might be able to connect with her regarding coping. ...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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When should I change my colostomy pouch? How often?

Depends: Ask your caregiver about how often to change your colostomy pouch. The amount of time that you should leave your pouch on your abdomen depends on many things. The type of pouch you wear affects the amount of time you can wear a pouch. The kind and amount of stool you have also affects how long the pouch stays on. ...Read more

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How should I change a colostomy bag?

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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Have a colostomy. Stoma suddenly shrunk in size over past 4-6 days--has not changed in the past 4 months. I am 6months post op. Should i be concerned?

Have a colostomy. Stoma suddenly shrunk in size over past 4-6 days--has not changed in the past 4 months. I am 6months post op. Should i be concerned?

See your surgeon: Shrinkage of a colostomy can be normal over several months following surgery. However, there would be concerns if a stricture is forming from excess scar tissue or if the colostomy were to retract internally. Would need to have it evaluated by your surgeon or a colostomy care home nurse to see if it is normal for you or if it is a concern. ...Read more

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I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

Depends: Your surgery depends on the location of the cancer. If the tumor is low in the rectum or involves the anal sphincters you may need the area removed resulting in a permanent colostomy (bag). There are options that can decrease the likelihood of a colostomy in this case. This certainly depends on what you have. Ask your doctor. A colon and rectal surgeon specializes in this surgery. ...Read more

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How do I exercise with a colostomy?

Go for it: People are able to live full, active lives with colostomies in place these days. You always want to check with your doctor but folks play all sorts of recreational sports with colostomies. You'll get more comfortable with it as you get used to it. ...Read more

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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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How do I care for the stomal area of my colostomy?

Keep it Simple: Michelle - i think you will find this handout helpful - http://www.Ostomy.Org/ostomy_info/wocn/wocn_basic_ostomy_skin_care.Pdf. ...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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Why would a colostomy be performed?

Why would  a colostomy be performed?

Colostomy may: Be needed for cancers too close to the rectal muscles to maintain continence, or any time that stool needs to be diverted away from necessary healing in the low pelvis. The former is not reversible, the latter is. ...Read more

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