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Fri, Sep 4 2:48pm · Ileostomy reversal coming up - what will be my new normal? in Colorectal Cancer

You may experience some stool incontinence because you have not used that sphincter muscle in awhile. Prior to the surgery, practice kegel exercises but squeezing that rectal muscle. This can help strengthen the muscle prior to surgery. Once the muscle gets stronger, you will experience less incontinence. What have others experienced after reversal surgery?

Fri, Sep 4 2:41pm · Pain due to hernia caused by colostomy in Ostomy

When you received your wider belt, did you have a follow up appointment with your ostomy nurse? I am guessing this is a special belt made for a para-stoma hernia, that you were fitted for? These belts are usually custom made and measurements are pretty exact. Once you have the belt, you should make another appointment with the ostomy nurse to ensure it is a proper fit. The ostomy nurse can also make adjustments to the belt to make them more comfortable.

Fri, Sep 4 1:29pm · Virtual Ostomy Support Group in Ostomy

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The ostomy community has been affected by the outbreak of Covid-19. Many in-person support groups have had to cancel in-person meetings due to CDC guidelines. Attending ostomy group meetings often provides ostomates with educational opportunities and open discussion which helps with caring for their ostomies. Having a safe place for ostomates and their families to share and talk about feelings with others in a similar experience can be very positive after this life changing surgery. Being with others can reduce stress and anxiety related to living with an ostomy.

Covid-19 has the majority of us sheltering in place at home to minimize our exposure to others. We are excited to share another way to stay connected to your fellow ostomates. Mayo Clinic Connect has been offering a great platform to have online discussions through groups. We would also like to invite you to our upcoming virtual ostomy support group meeting via Zoom. If you would like more information, look under the “Events” tab.

What are some other ways you have found to connect with others who have an ostomy?

 

Fri, Sep 4 1:09pm · Virtual Ostomy Support Group in Ostomy

Covid-19 has the majority of us sheltering in place at home to minimize our exposure to others. We are excited to share another way to stay connected to your fellow ostomates. Mayo Clinic Connect has been offering a great platform to have online discussions through groups for those who have an ostomy.

We would also like to invite you to our upcoming virtual ostomy support group meeting via Zoom. Once signed up for this event, you will receive Zoom log in information.

Thu, Aug 6 4:23pm · Help With Home Supplies in Caregivers

I did forget to say that I apologize for the name "diaper bank" but this is what they are truly called. They really do help with your concerns in many ways.

Thu, Aug 6 4:22pm · Help With Home Supplies in Caregivers

Try looking up Diaper Banks in your area. Most larger cities have these. They are organizations that offer products and services for incontinence on a volunteer and donation basis. Just type Diaper Banks into a google search and your zip code and one of them should come up. Hope this helps.

Thu, Jul 23 6:27pm · New Ostomy: Any help would be appreciated in Ostomy

Have you tried using high output bags? These are larger bags meant for this kind of output.

Thu, Jul 23 6:26pm · New Ostomy: Any help would be appreciated in Ostomy

Have you tried eating foods that can thicken your stool, such as applesauce, bananas or creamy peanut butter? This may help to slow down the diarrhea. If not, you may need to contact your physician to ensure you are not becoming dehydrated. What is the frustrating part? The constant loose stool or is there something else going on with you bag and pouch system?