Understanding Ostomies

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We tend to go about most of our lives without really considering how much work goes into our normal bodily functions like breathing, eating, digesting, and ultimately expelling food. It is only when there is a disruption in our natural system that we realize just how much work goes into the process. The process of our body converting food into solid waste and then eliminating that waste via the rectum is necessary, and sometimes, due to health conditions like cancer or any other serious gastrointestinal issue, our system is no longer able to sustain itself, and this is where you might need an ostomy. An ostomy is a medical procedure where an opening is made in the skin and a pouch is attached to either the small or large intestine. This can be either a temporary situation or a permanent one, regardless, you have to ensure that there is proper protection for stoma, and your doctors will teach you how to keep the area clean and protected.

Like we mentioned before, this procedure can be temporary while your small or large intestine heals, or

It might become a permanent fix depending on your health condition. There are three main types of pouches here:

  • Ileostomy Bags – An ileostomy bag is used for the small intestines, so if the problem begins at your small intestines, then this is the bag of choice.
  • Colostomy Bags – These are the more commonly known ones, and are used to attach them to the large intestine.
  • Urostomy Bags – As the name suggests, these bags are usually attached near the bladder and allows for urine to pass out of the body.

These bags are all functional and they allow people with medical conditions to maintain some sense of dignity and functionality so that they can continue leading healthy lives.

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