Sometimes things happen. Whether you’re making hard decisions and whatnot, sometimes it’s hard to come to grips with when things happen. One thing, is an ostomy, and here, we’ll discuss exactly what an ostomy is, and what it means for you as a person.
So What is an Ostomy?
- Ostomies are when the surgeon creates an opening within your belly to get waste products out.
- The usual reason for this is your digestive system isn’t working.
- The placements do vary, but it’s important to understand that they can be permanent fixtures, or a temporary placement. They also can save your life.
- It’s important to understand that you can die without one of these, even though it does come with a lot of marked changes.
- Typically, they’re used when incontinence, cancers, diverticulitis, and other conditions.
- There is usually a few factors that go into it, but the thing is, it will not affect your life expectancy, and it’s important to understand that while the changes are quite large, this isn’t just something that you face alone.
All About the Stoma
A stoma is a little opening that connects to a pouch. The pouch or a bag or a cap is then connected there. When you have an ostomy, you’ll typically get something like this, so make sure that you get familiar and accustomed to it, so that if there are changes, you can talk to your doctor about it. You should move around, look at it, and pay attention to these factors:
- If the skin is flat without wrinkles or if there are wrinkles, and if so, where are the wrinkles located in this
- The shape and whether it’s irregular, round, or even oval
- What type of opening there is
- The colors and positions
- If the skin is raised or sunken
- Whether stool or urine comes out
- What the output looks like
If you do notice anything odd, you should talk to your doctor so that you can get the hell that you need for the stoma changes, and pay attention to the effluent that comes out, keeping a description for your health records on file
There are a few different types that you can get. The first is a colostomy which is where the colon or your rectum gets taken out, brought through your abdominal wall, and then stool leaves this via the stoma. Then there is a urostomy, which is basically for urine, which is done when the bladder is defective. You may have it become a stoma in the ileum, or the cecum, which is taken out, so that the urine moves out of the kidneys and out of where the bodies are. Typically, these are done usually as a permanent fix.
Finally, you’ve got an ileostomy, which is essentially taking the small intestine and bringing it out, and usually are done when you need to heal your digestive tract. In general, they are reversible. But you can get a permanent one, where the connection is then removed and you connect it permanently to the outside. You also have a J pouch which is a reservoir that’s made using your own small intestine, which is an alternative to the body’s means of digestive tracts in order to function.
Getting an ostomy isn’t that hard of a process, but it can be a bit of a big change. It can save your life though, especially if you do have a cancer that’s causing trouble, and offers a chance for the body to heal and recover as well too.