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Understanding Colostomy: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

by Jessica September 12 2014 15:22
Having a digestive disease can certainly be frightening but fortunately, there are options available to help treat such conditions. One such option is a colostomy, which is a common surgical procedure for different disorders of the large intestine. While this surgery can seem intimidating, it can dramatically improve the quality of life for individuals.

To help you better understand a colostomy, how to care for yourself post-procedure, and the products available to help manage your condition, here are five frequently asked questions (and answers) on the subject.

1. What is a colostomy?

A colostomy is a surgery performed to removed all or a part of the colon. 180 medical colostomy diagramAn opening is made from the large intestine to the outside of the abdomen and a portion of the organ is brought to the surface of the skin. The new opening, called a stoma, allows waste to leave the body. As a colostomy has no controlling muscles, the body releases the stool as needed.

2. What are the reasons for needing a colostomy?

A colostomy is performed to cure or treat an area of the colon. Some of the most common reasons for a colostomy include bowel cancer, Crohn's disease, injuries or trauma, and birth defects.

3. What risks are associated with the surgery?

In some instances, a skin irritation or infection may occur due to a stool leak from under the bag, or a hernia can sometimes develop around a stoma. This can be easily avoided by taking good care of your stoma, eating a healthy diet, and using the right products for your needs.

4. How will this affect my life?

As with any medical condition, it's crucial that you know how to properly manage it. Living with a colostomy will require that you make some small changes to your life and current routine. You should monitor your medication, since certain medicines can cause constipation or diarrhea. Also, ensure that you eat a well-balanced diet and check to see which foods give upset stomach or gas, as you may choose to avoid these in public. You may want to speak with your doctor or a registered dietician to decide on a nutrition plan. In addition, since your body will not be able to fully regulate the flow of your body waste as it leaves the stoma, you will need a proper ostomy system to collect it. 180 Medical has a number of high-quality product options that will offer discretion, easy application, and emptying.

5. What colostomy supplies should I use?

At 180 Medical, we understand the challenges that can come with living with any ostomy, and that's why we're devoted to provided you with the best colostomy supplies. There are a variety of skin barriers, pouches, and accessories available to provide you with the care you need. Check out our selection online or contact us today.

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180 Medical Now Supplies Ostomy Products

by Jessica April 29 2014 16:02
Having a hard time finding a provider of medical supplies for your ostomy needs? If you're looking for a dependable, compassionate company that understands where you're coming from and what supplies you need, look no further than 180 Medical!

If you've heard of 180 Medical, you may already know that we are one of the top suppliers of intermittent catheters in the nation, and there's a reason for that. We consistently provide reliable service, and we aim to treat you and your needs as we would for a member of our own families.

We are now a proud supplier of ConvaTec's high-quality line of ostomy products, and we have a highly-trained group of Ostomy Specialists that help you find the right ostomy supplies for your needs, whether you have a colostomy, ileostomy, or a urostomy.

Our educated and compassionate staff will gladly:

  • discuss and help stabilize your current process for using ostomy products
  • explain your insurance coverage so you fully understand how your insurance will cover the products, and what, if any, out-of-pocket costs you may have
  • set you up on a regular shipping schedule so you don't have to worry about remembering to reorder
  • offer you a listening ear

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If you're ready to experience the 180 Medical difference, contact us today by filling out our online inquiry or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our highly trained, friendly specialists.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.