The more that’s known before and after ostomy surgery, the smoother the transition may be for the patient – get educated today about living with an ostomy.
September 22, 2021 | Ostomy
According to Healthline, a colonoscopy is a procedure that examines the inside of the large intestine. This is done to check the bowel for disease or abnormalities. Learn how a colonoscopy works for those with a stoma and how to prepare for the procedure from the wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse, Cheryl Hutton, with CHC Solutions, Inc.
August 13, 2021 | Ostomy
The skin surrounding the stoma (parastomal skin) and under the wafer can become irritated. To help prevent this irritation, rash and redness, you can follow the following tips from Cheryl Hutton, wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse with CHC Solutions, Inc.
July 29, 2021 | Ostomy
According to Coloplast, ostomy ballooning occurs when there is a gradual build-up and accumulation of gas (flatulence) in colostomy or ileostomy bags. This gas passes through the stoma and fills the bag gradually just like inflating a balloon. The bag eventually fills up until it looks like a balloon attached to the abdomen.
April 7, 2021 | Ostomy
To help prepare you for your experience with your ostomy surgery, our wound, ostomy and continence nurse (WOC nurse), Cheryl Hutton, has laid out the process you can expect and included helpful tips for making the best of your surgery and stay at the hospital.
January 8, 2021 | Ostomy
Ostomy pancaking is when stool overflows from the stoma. It leaves a thick, pancake-like mass of stool at the top of the bag. This can be unexpected and unpleasant, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent this from happening.
October 28, 2020 | Ostomy
According to Hollister, a medical products manufacturer, it may take a few months to fully recover and adjust to your ostomy, but eventually you can exercise again. Exercising is a good way to keep your body active. Having this drastic change in your body may be scary, but don’t let it hold you back from staying healthy.
May 15, 2020 | Ostomy
Gas from a colostomy is different from regular flatulence – in part because a person cannot control when it is released. There are ways, however, to improve the odor and lessen the noise of colostomy gas. Here are some tips from the website Very Well Health.
April 6, 2020 | Ostomy
If a child has undergone ostomy surgery, changing the way their bowels empty, a parent and/or caregiver will need to understand the processes and proper care it involves. At Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, caregivers will find a list of suggestions, as well as tips and tricks, for selecting ostomy products, preparing for pouch changes, getting connected with a local nurse and more. Additionally, Hand To Hold provides tips from NICU nurses who have experience in taking care of babies with ostomies. Some of these resources include steps to most efficiently manage ostomy changes and find the best routine for bag changes.
April 2, 2020 | Ostomy
After a person has an ostomy surgery, they’re introduced to a life with a pouch – and the patient or their caregiver may have questions. They may want to know how frequently pouches should be changed and the area around the stoma should be cleaned.
February 25, 2020 | Ostomy
Disney World’s approach to serving guests with disabilities – including those with ostomies – is designed to ensure every guest can enjoy rides and attractions in the theme parks and resorts. The park system’s Disability Access Service (or DAS card) is about more than getting ahead in line; it is designed to ensure that every guest has an amazing Disney experience.
February 18, 2020 | Ostomy
An ostomy doesn’t go away when someone is shopping, working, or running. Accordingly, ostomates need to be able to change their bags and utilize different supplies – not always in the comfort of their own home. In order to change an ostomy pouch in a public restroom, plan ahead.
December 12, 2019 | Ostomy
Travel locally or nationally with an ostomy doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little pre-planning and understanding of airport/train station security rules and an individual’s right to privacy, most people can avoid problems and enjoy their travels.
September 25, 2019 | Ostomy
Pancaking is when a vacuum occurs in the stoma bag and the bag sticks together, preventing the contents from dropping to the bottom. This happens most frequently with ileostomies and colostomies. When it does occur, waste remains as a pancake-like mass at the top of the bag, which can potentially block the filter, and the bag also can be forced off the body.