What if you get bleeding on or around your stoma?
When your stoma was formed, a piece of bowel was brought out onto the surface of your tummy through your abdominal wall. This piece of bowel was then folded back […]Read more >
What if you get bowl leakage or incontinence?
What is bowel leakage or incontinence? Bowel leakage or incontinence is caused by the loss of regular control of the bowels causing involuntary leakage to occur. What can cause bowel […]Read more >
What if you get colostomy diarrhoea?
What is colostomy diarrhoea? Colostomy diarrhoea is the frequent passage of watery waste from your colostomy. Sometimes but not always accompanied by tummy ache or cramps. What can cause colostomy […]Read more >
What if you get constipation?
What is constipation? Constipation causes your colostomy to work less frequently than usual, and your stoma output becomes drier and harder. What can cause colostomy constipation? Medication, particularly pain relief […]Read more >
What if you want to manage your colostomy differently?
Colostomy Irrigation Colostomy irrigation is a method of emptying the colon (bowel) by inserting warm water into your colostomy to flush out the stool. You will need irrigation equipment, clean […]Read more >
What if you get rectal discharge?
What is a rectal discharge? If you have had an operation resulting in the formation of a stoma, but have not had your rectum removed you may get a discharge […]Read more >
What if you get odour?
Stools have an odour that can vary depending on what we eat or drink. This does not change when you have a stoma. Your stoma pouch is made from special […]Read more >
What if you get pancaking?
What is pancaking? Pancaking is the term used to describe what happens when the output from your colostomy does not fall to the bottom of the pouch, but instead remains […]Read more >
What if you get a parastomal hernia?
What is a parastomal hernia? A parastomal hernia is a bulge or swelling around or underneath your stoma. The hernia usually develops slowly and may increase in size over time. […]Read more >
What if you get sore skin?
What is sore skin? The skin around your stoma called the peristomal skin can become red but intact, sore but dry or broken and wet. What causes red or sore […]Read more >
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