January 31, 2023
What To Do When You Get An Ostomy

What To Do When You Get An Ostomy

Ostomy surgery is a serious procedure. It involves removing portions of the small intestine and attaching them to the skin around the abdomen. Ostomy patients must take special precautions to avoid putting pressure on their ostomies and developing pressure ulcers. If you are a patient or caretaker of an ostomy, it’s important that you understand your rights and how to protect yourself. In this blog post, we will discuss some common questions about ostomy care and how to handle them. We hope that this information will help make your life as an ostomy patient a little bit easier.

What are the different types of ostomies?

There are different types of ostomies, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Here are the most common types:  A drain is a small tube that goes down your throat and into your stomach (or sometimes your intestine) to collect waste. Drains are usually temporary, but can be permanent if you have an ostomy supplies closure surgery. The main downside of drains is that they can make eating foods with high levels of fiber difficult or impossible.  Permanent ostomies involve surgically attaching a pipe to the opening in your abdomen that carries waste away. This is typically done when the original opening (the stoma) becomes infected or when the person has had several surgeries for other reasons and their body no longer allows them to maintain a normal bathroom schedule. Permanent ostomies come in both skin-on-skin (known as an ileostomy) and skin-over-wire (known as an urostomy). They also come in different sizes, from very small to quite large. One advantage of permanent ostomies is that they do not require daily cleanings like drains do. Another advantage is that they often allow people to eat more complex diets, since many foods simply cannot be consumed through a drain.

How to prepare for surgery

If you are scheduled for surgery, do not drink any fluids or eat anything from eight hours before the surgery until four hours after your procedure. This will help prevent dehydration and food poisoning. You may need to go to the hospital for a few days before your surgery. Make sure to bring all of your medical information with you, including your insurance information. You will be given general anesthesia during surgery. You will be awake and able to see and hear the doctor and nurses during the operation but you may feel faint or lightheaded. Do not panic if this happens. After the surgery is over, you will be taken to the postoperative ward where you will stay for a few hours until you are discharged. Do not return home immediately after surgery; instead, wait until you have received instructions from the doctor.