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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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