Did you know that as many as one million people in the United States live with an ostomy? People of all ages have colostomy bags after ostomy surgery in order to treat complications of Crohn’s disease, colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, and many other conditions. An ostomy isn’t necessarily permanent, but it does take some time getting used to whether the procedure is permanent or not.
One of the most common ostomy procedures is a colostomy. This is when part of the colon has to be removed or the bowel requires rest because of an underlying health problem. In order to make sure waste leaves the body, surgeons will perform a colostomy surgery. During this procedure, surgeons will create an opening in the belly, which is called a stoma. Because the stoma doesn’t have nerve endings or muscles, a colostomy bag is needed. The colostomy bag fits over the stoma and collects waste when it leaves through the opening.
When people learn they are undergoing a colostomy, they usually have a lot of questions. Here are a few things you should know about colostomy bags to put you at ease.
Nobody Will Know You Are Wearing a Colostomy Bag Unless You Want Them to Know
Some people new to living with colostomy bags may worry that everyone around them will know. The truth is that most people won’t know or notice, and those that you do tell won’t react negatively.
The good news is that technology has advanced quite a lot since the early days of ostomy pouch systems. In other words, unless your colostomy bag is faulty or you have another underlying health issue, you will not smell. Today’s colostomy bags are discreet, so you can wear one underneath your clothes without anyone knowing.
While you should certainly feel free to share with others you know about your ostomy, you can maintain your privacy as well. You may find the swimwear, underwear, or ostomy wraps at OstomySecrets helpful to keeping your pouch secure and discreet.
You Can Live Life like a Normal Person
Yes, having an ostomy is a big change. However, the transition isn’t a drastic as you might have heard or imagined.
You will most likely be able to eat many of the same things as before your procedure. Once your doctor gives you the okay, you can go back to exercising with an ostomy. You can even date and have a sex life with an ostomy.
Here is a good post that sheds light on what life is really like after a colostomy ten years later.
You Have Options with a Number of Different Colostomy Bag Systems
Some people who have a colostomy prefer to keep the same pouching system they had when they left the hospital. Others may choose to go with a different brand or type over time. This is usually due to personal preference.
The truth is that there many different colostomy products out there, including one-piece and two-piece systems. We encourage you to explore your options and speak with your nurse or doctor about what system might work best for you.
You can also contact 180 Medical at 1-877-688-2729 with any questions you have about colostomy products. Our Ostomy Specialists are ready to help you.