New to ostomy?

If you’re new to having an ostomy, you may have questions about what to expect and how to care for your stoma. Here are some articles that may help.

 

What is an ostomy?

Understanding how the human digestive system works may help you better manage your ostomy and stoma care. [READ MORE]

 

What are the differences between a colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy?

Ostomy surgery involves taking a portion of your digestive or urinary tract and redirecting it outside of the body. The opening that’s created in the abdomen (abdominal wall) is called a stoma. This surgery is often recommended or necessary if you have a digestive or urinary system disorder or disease. [READ MORE]

 

Attaching an ostomy pouch

An ostomy pouch is made of a specially designed, heavy-duty plastic bag with an opening that fits around the stoma. Depending the style of pouch, the opening has adhesive or a plastic locking ring around it to connect it to the skin or skin barrier and prevent leaks. The pouch collects output from your stoma (urine with a urostomy, and stool with a colostomy or ileostomy). Avoiding leaks is important since the output can irritate skin, causing redness, itchiness and discomfort.  [READ MORE]

 

Stoma changes: What’s normal?

Just like every person’s belly button is distinct, your stoma shape is unique to you. Part of getting the best fit for your ostomy pouch – and preventing leaks – is carefully monitoring your stoma for changes.[READ MORE]

 

How to irrigate the colon

With sigmoid or descending colostomies, you may be able to skip wearing an ostomy pouch and use the irrigation method instead.  [READ MORE]

 

How to empty an ostomy pouch and minimize odors

For a reusable or drainable pouching system, follow these steps to empty your ostomy pouch. Keep in mind, that it’s best to empty your ostomy pouch when it’s about 1/3 to ½ full. If it gets too full, the pouch’s weight may cause it to pull away from your skin, resulting in leaks, skin irritation and odor. [READ MORE]

 

Ostomy care after surgery

Everyone recovers differently from ostomy surgery. In general, you can expect the following process when healing from your procedure. [READ MORE]

 

Ostomy care tips for young children, infants and toddlers

Caring for young children, infants and toddlers with ostomies can be challenging, but with some practice and patience, these youngsters can expect to participate in all of the same activities as their peers. Today, there are several ostomy products designed especially with youngsters in mind.  [READ MORE]

 

Deciding on an ostomy pouching system

Just as each person is unique and different, so is the fit of his or her ostomy pouching system.  An ostomy pouch is a heavy-duty plastic bag with an opening in it. This round opening goes over the stoma, which is a small part of a person’s large intestine (colostomy), small intestine (ileostomy) or urinary system (urostomy) that’s surgically placed outside of the body. Output such as urine or stool, depending on the type of ostomy, leaves the body through the stoma and is collected in the ostomy pouch. The person can then empty or change the ostomy pouch, as needed.  [READ MORE]

 

List of ostomy supplies

Each person is unique, so ostomy supplies that provide you with discreet comfort may not be the supplies that work for someone else.  What's important is that you choose the ostomy supplies that work with your lifestyle and provide you with … [READ MORE]