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What is Colostomy?
A colostomy is a procedure that makes a hole in the abdomen for the colon or colons. It is done after bowel surgery or injury. Most permanent colostomies are “terminal colostomies” and bring the side of the colon up to the opening in the abdomen.
Types of colostomy
There are numerous reasons why you might require a colostomy, and every surgery is different from the next. The colon’s length is divided into several sections, each with a separate medical name. The location of the dissection in the colon refers to the four different colostomies:
- Ascending colostomy — the colon is used to create an ascending colostomy. An ascending colostomy is usually located in the lower to the middle right side of the abdomen. The output is often liquid to semi-liquid, and gas is expected.
- Transverse colostomy — the colon is used to create a transverse colostomy. A transverse colostomy is usually located in the middle of the abdomen above the navel. The discharge is often liquid to pasty, and gas is expected.
- Descending colostomy — is performed from the descending part of the large intestine. A descending colostomy is usually located on the lower left side of the abdomen. The output can be pasty to shaped consistently, and gas is expected.
- Sigmoid colostomy – A sigmoid colostomy is usually located in the lower left part of the abdomen. The output is typically a pasty to molded consistency, and gas is expected.
Setting Up Your Home Environment for Colostomy Care
If you or a loved one recently had a colostomy and are receiving home health care, it’s essential to follow your health care provider’s instructions and schedule regular checkups with your health care team. In addition, there are several things you can do at home to manage your colostomy and maintain good health:
- Eat a healthy diet: Your healthcare team can give instructions on what to eat and drink after a colostomy. It’s crucial to hydrate appropriately. And eat a well-balanced diet to prevent constipation and maintain proper nutrition.
- Cleaning and caring for the stoma: Keeping the stoma and surrounding skin clean and healthy is essential. You should clean the stoma and the surrounding skin with soap and water at least once daily. In addition, you may need to apply a protective barrier cream to your skin to protect it from irritation.
- Change the colostomy bag: The colostomy bag should be changed regularly as directed by your healthcare team. It is essential to dispose of the bag properly to avoid infection.
- Seek support: Managing a colostomy can be challenging physically and emotionally challenging. Therefore, it is essential to seek help from your healthcare team. There are also support groups for people with a colostomy that can provide additional resources and support.
It’s crucial to adhere to your doctor’s directions and seek medical attention if you have any concerns or experience any problems with your colostomy.
When to Seek Emergency Support from Medikold and Assistance for Colostomy
- Your bowel movements are black or bloody.
- Your stoma is bleeding, and you can’t stop the bleeding.
- You are too weak to stand up.
- You have severe abdominal pain.
Why choose Medikold?
Medikold is dedicated to providing the best possible care and support to individuals with a colostomy at home. We understand that this can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Some of the reasons why our company is the ideal choice for home colostomy care include the following:
- Highly trained and experienced team: Our team consists of medical professionals with expertise in colostomy care. We know all aspects of colostomy management and are committed to helping you or your loved ones achieve the best quality of life possible.
- Personalized Care Plans: We understand that everyone’s needs and preferences differ, so we offer personalized care plans that meet each patient’s unique needs. Our team will work with you to create a program tailored to your specific needs and goals.
- Comprehensive support services: Besides providing hands-on care, we offer a range of rt services to help patients and their families manage life’s challenges with life’s challenge services, including access to support groups, educational resources, and counseling services.
- Convenience and Accessibility: We understand that it can be challenging to leave the comfort of your home, which is why we offer home care services. Our team will come to you, making it easy and convenient to get the care and support you need.
- Compassion and Understanding: Our team is committed to providing compassionate and understanding care to our patients. We are here to listen, support, and help you or your loved one feel comfortable and supported during your home colostomy care journey.