Changing an ostomy appliance doesn’t have to be complicated, but there are a few things you’ll want to do in order to do it right.
Ostomates have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to pouching systems, but it’s not always clear what the advantages and disadvantages are between a one-piece or a two-piece system. I hope that you’ll be able to learn the differences in the following post.
When you get out of ostomy surgery, you’ll likely be given supplies from a manufacturer who partners with your hospital. Some people decide to stay with the same product long after they’ve recovered from their surgery, and others try new things in order to find the perfect match.
Disposing of a soiled ostomy pouch can be a challenge, especially if you aren’t at home. The plastic disposal bags that come with our appliances don’t really lock away odor, and I’ve even tried putting my pouches in scented disposal bags, but odor eventually comes out. OstoSolutions has come up with a novel way of making this task a little easier through their Ostomy Pouch Disposal Seal. This review is based on my experience from using samples requested from OstoSolutions.
On July 9th, I’ll be getting scoped as a follow up to my ostomy surgery and to also make sure that my Crohn’s hasn’t spread to my small intestine. When we lose our colon, we don’t expect that we’ll ever need to be scoped again, but the reality is that those of us with IBD (especially Crohn’s) need to get monitored to make sure that our illness is kept in check. Before getting my stoma, I was told that my chances of Crohn’s spreading to other parts of my bowel were very low – still, it’s always a possibility. While researching for my post on the Environmental Risk Factors for IBD, I came to realize that even though I can make lifestyle decisions which can reduce my chance of flaring or a reoccurrence, nothing is guaranteed. I was feeling pretty great after my last two surgeries, but after receiving a tetanus booster in February, my joints started hurting and haven’t felt right ever since. This reminded me that my body is still primed for IBD, losing a colon didn’t cure it and there will always be a chance that Crohn’s will one day rear its ugly head again.
Finding the right ostomy appliance is just as important as finding the right pair of shoes to wear. The quality of life for an ostomate often depends on their pouching system and Coloplast hopes to improve on this with their new Sensura Mio product line.
I’ve been using the new Sensura Mio #10471 for about a month. Coloplast was gracious enough to enroll me in their product feedback program in order to get samples before the official launch on May 1st, 2014.
6am on a Monday morning. I wake up in a haze, ballooned pouch at my side, but something was wrong…
Leaks. One of those things that happen to ostomates at one point or another, it’s just a matter of when and whether or not you’re prepared for it. This morning it happened to me, and I’ve learned a few valuable lessons in the process.
When I was in the hospital following my ileostomy procedure I was giving a small “care package” which included, among other things, Coloplast’s Brava Lubricating Deodorant.
Being vegan when it comes to food isn’t usually difficult, but when it comes to medication, supplements, and medical supplies, things can get challenging. Becoming an ostomate means that we’re forced to use ostomy supplies, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have options when it comes to deciding which one of those supplies we get to use.
One case in point: Stoma Powder