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Surviving the Summer with an Ostomy: A Guide

Summer time can sometimes be a daunting time when you have an ostomy. Worries tend to focus around the heat, your supplies and how they’ll hold up and how to avoid being caught out or avoid a hospital admission.  In this guide, I’ll be looking to the common fears new ostomates might have, along with some advice about how to…


Ostomy Uncovered: Filters

What is a Ostomy filter? A filter is integrated into the stoma bag to help with the build up and release of gas from the output produced by the stoma. Most of the modern stoma bags – usually a manufacturers drive line product range – will include a filter within the bag itself, so that odour and gas can be…


Ostomy Uncovered: One Piece v Two Piece Systems

Ostomy Bags are often referred to as ostomy pouches or ostomy appliances. They come in three different types and with numerous options. The three types of ostomy bags are colostomy bags, ileostomy bags and urostomy bags. Within these types of ostomy bags there are many variations. Below is the comparison of a one versus two piece system. Before we begin,…


Ostomy Uncovered: Blockages

What is a ostomy blockage? An ostomy blockage is when a stoma becomes blocked. This can happen for many reasons, some simple and easy to resolve, others abit more tricky. But, in any circumstances, ostomy blockages should not be taken lightly. Symptoms are: Thin, clear liquid output with foul odour Cramping abdominal pain near the stoma Decrease in amount of…


Ostomy Uncovered: How to Change a Stoma Bag

Why is this important? If you have a stoma, you will have to become and get use to change your bag. Depending on the type of stoma you have and the type of bag you choose to use, the timing will vary but hopefully below will show you how to do the basics of changing a stoma bag. NB: It’s…


What Advice do Patients look for Prior to Ostomy Surgery?

Whenever I hear of new ostomates, I always wonder What sort of questions do they ask? How much do they get told? How curious they are? and   What is their medical background? Basically, I wonder how prepared they are. And if that preparation has come from themselves or from healthcare professionals. Because requiring a stoma comes from so many…


Open Letter to my Stoma

I turned 30 yesterday. Never in my dreams would I have imagined that I would be celebrating such a milestone with an ostomy bag on me. It’s hard to think about the future too much when you have a chronic illness because you’re never quite sure of where and what circumstances might come your way. It certainly gets easier as…


Ostomy Uncovered: How to Empty a Stoma Bag

Why is this important? If you have an ileostomy you will most likely be using a drainable pouch which will need emptying numerous times a day. Whilst in the beginning, this might feel like a daunting and challenging task, it soon before second nature and routine. Typically, an ileostomate would empty their stoma bag between 6-7 times a day; but…


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