Colostomy / Ostomy Care

A colostomy is an opening in the belly (abdominal wall) that is made during surgery. The end of the colon is brought through this opening to form a stoma. Where the stoma will be on the abdomen depends on which part of the colon is used to make it. The enterostomal therapy nurse (ET nurse) or the surgeon will determine the best location for your stoma.

Colostomy surgery is done for many different diseases and problems. Some colostomies are done because of malignancy (cancer), others are not. Sometimes a colostomy is only needed for a short time, sometimes it is life-long. Some colostomies are large, some small; some are on the left side of the abdomen, some are on the right side, others may be in the middle.

A colostomy is not a disease, but a change in the way your body works. It surgically changes normal body function to allow stool to pass after a disease or injury. Although a colostomy is a big change for the patient, the operation itself is rather simple. The body’s chemistry and digestive function are not changed by having a colostomy.

Medical advances and new technology are making colostomy care easier and more convenient than ever before. An ostomy procedure like a colostomy will usually require a major adjustment to your activities of daily living. Whether for a short time or the rest of your life, you can cope with your daily routines with help, support, and education from your friends at Agave Home Health. You can count on the experienced staff at Agave Home Health to provide the care and education you need to live as independently as possible despite the inconveniences. For more information visit www.c3life.com/ostomy.

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