Managing your Colostomy

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Stomas are definitely not the most pleasant things that can happen to you, however sometimes these are the only way to live further a happy life. So if you appeared in a situation when stoma is a part of your body, it is the time to learn living with it. In the article below you will find some tips about the possible pouches and care for stomas.

Choosing the right pouch

When you got out of the ward and will be set free to go home, your nurse will help you decide what stoma products are best for your specific case. Remember that at first you may use, let’s say Eakin products, while in a couple of weeks and months the situation may change. Day after day the stoma will get smaller and progress in healing, so be ready that treatment for it will be changing too.
After the operation you will be offered several possibilities to try before you get home. Doctors advise to try as many free sample products as you can so that when leaving home you will be strongly sure about the kind of stoma treatment and products you will need. If after several months you decide to change the product, make sure to consult your doctor or nurse.

Keep in mind that a lot of medical companies try to simplify lives of people with stoma and so produce a great variety of stoma accessories, such as support belts, girdles, specific deodorisers, skin protective wipes, creams and lotions, different adhesive removers, stoma paste, underwear, etc. All of these additions should be considered only after you get accustomed to the condition you have and to the regular care you now require.

While being in a hospital you will be provided with an initial supply of bags so you will have a starting point. When leaving the hospital you will also get your prescription information card with all the important requirements for your case.
So here is a list of the most basic pouches that doctors prescribe to their stoma patients. Read on and make your decision!

Closed Pouch
 More convenient for formed motions.
 Must be replaced 2-4 times a day.

Drainable Pouch
 More convenient for dealing with a liquid output.
 No frequent changes and so fewer pouches used.
 Easily emptied prior to disposal.

Two-piece system
 This product can remain in place for 2-4 days, so the skin is damaged much less.
 The ‘stick on’ system is easier for stomas with arthritis.
 The ‘clip on’ system is better for visually-impaired stomas.

One piece system
 More flexible and less bulky.
 Adhere much more securely on the scarred or uneven skin.

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