An ostomy is a procedure that creates a stoma, which is a temporary or permanent opening in the skin. A stoma is a hole in your belly that connects an internal organ to the outside. An ileostomy begins in the small intestine while a colostomy begins in the large intestine.
An ostomy — a surgically created hole in your abdomen that permits waste or urine to exit your body — takes time to get used to. Many questions may run through your mind as you plan your first ventures outside of your home. Can you go back to work after the colostomy? Can you ride your bike if you have an ileostomy? Will everyone figure out you’ve had urostomy surgery just by looking at you?
If you have an ostomy, you can eat whatever you want.
Do you have a favorite meal? If your doctor has granted you permission to resume your usual diet, eat anything you like. If you have a colostomy or ileostomy, you’ll notice that different meals have distinct effects on your digestive tract. Do you have a favorite meal? If your doctor has granted you permission to resume your usual diet, eat anything you like. If you have a colostomy or ileostomy, you’ll notice that different meals have distinct effects on your digestive tract. Certain meals are more likely to produce gas, diarrhea, constipation, poor digestion, or odor in the urine. However, which ones have these effects will be determined by your individual physique.If you’re not sure how certain meals will affect you, try them one at a time at home before eating them out in public. Knowing how each food affects your digestion allows you to spend less time thinking about the consequences of the food and more time socializing with your friends.
Chewing your meal properly and drinking plenty of water may help.
You can participate in sports if you have an ostomy
Unless your favorite pastime is a contact sport with a high risk of harm, you’ll be able to resume your favorite hobbies once you’ve recovered from ostomy surgery. The greatest risk is damage to the stoma (the orifice through which waste or urine leaves your body), therefore hard sports may be out. If you wish to keep doing these things, talk to your doctor or ostomy nurse about specific products and measures you may take to protect your stoma while doing them. Before you start lifting weights following your operation, see your doctor. To decrease the chance of problems, you may need to wait for your surgical incision to heal before lifting weights. Your doctor or an ostomy nurse may prescribe a gadget to support your abdomen when lifting weights once you’ve fully recovered. Use a special belt or binder to keep your ostomy bag in place if you’re worried that jogging, swimming, or other athletic activity will loosen it and cause a leak. Look for specialist items for active persons with ostomies at your local medical supply store or online.
If you have an ostomy, you can return to work.
You’ll need time to rest and recover following your operation, but you’ll be able to return to work eventually. You may want to ease back into work or discuss a limited schedule with your employer until you are more comfortable with your ostomy.
If you work in a profession that requires hard labor or a lot of lifting, your doctor may suggest techniques to keep your stoma safe while on the job. You’ll need time to rest and recover following your operation, but you’ll be able to return to work eventually. You may want to ease back into work or discuss a limited schedule with your employer until you are more comfortable with your ostomy.
If you work in a profession that requires hard labor or a lot of lifting, your doctor may suggest techniques to keep your stoma safe while on the job.
You have the option of telling — or not telling — anybody about your ostomy.
You have complete control over who you tell about your ostomy operation. It could make sense to notify your closest friends and family. These individuals may be concerned about your recuperation, and discussing your ostomy may help to alleviate their concerns. Talking to close ones about your feelings is also a helpful method to deal with your feelings. For practical reasons, other people will need to know about your ostomy. If you don’t have a desk or locker at work to keep additional ostomy supplies, for example, you may need to tell someone at work about your ostomy so that accommodations may be made. Some people choose to keep their ostomy operation a secret, while others like to inform everyone who asks about it. It’s up to you who you tell, but as you get more comfortable with your ostomy, you may find yourself more ready to disclose the facts.
You can go wherever you want if you have an ostomy
Although it will require some planning ahead of time, having an ostomy should not prohibit you from traveling. Bring additional ostomy supplies and pack them in both your carry-on and checked luggage if you’ll be flying. Consider bringing a doctor’s statement concerning your ostomy. This message might explain why you have an ostomy and request that airport security screeners respect your privacy when searching you.