You’re Getting an Ostomy – Now What?

Are you preparing for an ostomy procedure soon and need a little support?

That’s an easy question to answer, in the affirmative, because it’s a big deal whether you’re about to undergo colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy. Since there are misperceptions over certain lifestyle items, post-ostomy, we want to shine some light on what to expect. Here are a few FAQs we can answer for you.

Getting an Ostomy- Now What

How do you change an ostomy pouch?

There are a couple of pouch types, but they work about the same when it comes time to change them. All you have to do is peel the used pouch off, wipe a little around the stoma, drain it (if it’s drainable and reusable), and insert a new one. This may seem like a daunting task, but it’s all about practice and habituation.

If you’d like a detailed guide on this, please consult our website section for ostomy pouch application steps.

Do ostomy pouches leak?

You may have trouble securing your pouches at first, at least compared to the hospital nurse who seems to do it with little difficulty. So, in the beginning, you may experience leaks. After a while, you’ll get a feel for how and when to change pouches. Veteran ostomy patients know all the tricks for carrying extra pouches while traveling, including when to change them in advance before problems arise.

How do you handle odors?

While you may experience more gas and odors when you’re getting used to dietary adjustments, there are ways to address them. Most of it boils down to getting good at properly fastening your pouches. You may encounter difficulties if you have the wrong size, which is why we offer different pouch options, including one-piece and two-piece systems. Also, when all else fails, many ostomy patients carry perfumes and deodorizers to thwart the problem.

Will I be able to resume normal activities?

Yes, most ostomy patients return to doing everything they enjoy once they recover from surgery. We know of patients who still go swimming, participate in martial arts, run marathons, have intimate relations, date new people, and much more.

Is this procedure worth it?

Many ostomy patients believe the procedure is absolutely worth it. Otherwise, why would it be as popular as it is nowadays? While there is definitely an adjustment phase, it’s a minor hurdle to clear. Plus, it’s a terrific solution to several serious digestive problems.

Do you have any ostomy-related questions you don’t see here? Then we’d love to address them before you undergo the big procedure. Cymed MicroSkin is a leading manufacturer of hypoallergenic ostomy supplies, including essential pouches and skin barriers.

We also enjoy helping new ostomy patients understand the facts and adjust to life post-ostomy. Contact us anytime to learn more about your ostomy or anything we produce by calling 800-582-0707 or filling out the form below.