Are you a newbie to the world of ostomies and completely unsure of ostomy placement? Or maybe you’ve had one for a while but are still trying to figure out the ins and outs (pun intended) of properly positioning it on your body. Either way, we’ve got you covered with some tips on the correct positioning of an ostomy.
First things first, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider or an ostomy nurse about the best location for your ostomy.
The location will depend on the type of ostomy you have (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy), as well as your individual anatomy and any previous surgeries you may have had. Don’t be shy about asking questions and seeking guidance – these professionals are there to help you and make sure you have the best possible experience with your ostomy.
What Is An Ostomy?
An ostomy is a surgical procedure in which a stoma, or artificial opening, is created in the abdomen for the purpose of diverting the flow of feces or urine from the body.
There are several different types of ostomies, including colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies, and the position of the stoma on the abdomen can vary depending on the type of ostomy and the specific needs of the individual.
There are four main positions for an ostomy:
- Transverse colon: In this position, the stoma is located on the upper left or right side of the abdomen, near the waistline. This is a common position for a colostomy and is generally easier to care for than other positions because the stoma is more accessible.
- Sigmoid colon: In this position, the stoma is located on the lower left side of the abdomen, near the hip. This is also a common position for a colostomy.
- Ileum: In this position, the stoma is located on the lower right side of the abdomen, near the hip. This is the most common position for an ileostomy.
- Bladder: In this position, the stoma is located on the lower abdomen, near the groin. This is the position for a urostomy.
The position of the stoma can affect the individual’s daily life, including their clothing choices and physical activities.
How Ostomy Placement Can Affect Output
Once you’ve determined the perfect spot for your ostomy, it’s important to keep it at or slightly above waist level. This will help to prevent the risk of the ostomy pouch becoming too full and overflowing. Nobody wants a surprise explosion, so it’s better to be safe than sorry (trust us, we’ve all been there).
Protection From Leaks No Matter Your Ostomy Placement
It’s also important to keep the ostomy pouch flat against your skin to prevent any leaks. No one likes a leaky ostomy, and it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. So make sure to get a good fit with your pouch and check it regularly to ensure everything is secure.
Clothing For Ostomates
Now let’s talk about clothing. It’s important to wear clothing that is comfortable and provides adequate support for your ostomy. Loose-fitting clothing can help to reduce pressure on the ostomy and may be more comfortable. Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or restrictive, as this can cause irritation to the skin around the ostomy. Trust us, nobody wants a rash or irritation down there (or wherever your ostomy may be).
It’s also a good idea to invest in some ostomy-friendly underwear. Vera SA has undewear options specifically designed for people with ostomies, and available in five sizes.
Our underwear is more comfortable and provides better support for your ostomy, and let’s be real – who doesn’t love some cute new undies?
Finally, let’s talk about care and maintenance of your ostomy. It’s important to properly care for your ostomy and the skin around it to ensure optimal function and comfort. This includes regularly changing the ostomy pouch, keeping the skin around the ostomy clean and dry, and using skin barriers to protect the skin from irritation.
It can seem overwhelming at first, but with a little practice and patience, caring for your ostomy will become second nature. And remember, you’re not alone – there are plenty of resources and support groups out there for people with ostomies. So don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with others who can relate to your experience.
Final words On Ostomy Placement
In conclusion, the correct positioning of an ostomy is important to ensure that it functions properly and to prevent any complications.
Consult with your healthcare provider or ostomy nurse to determine the best location for your ostomy, and be sure to keep it at or slightly above waist level.
Wear comfortable, supportive clothing and properly care for your ostomy and the skin around it to ensure optimal function and comfort. And don’t forget to embrace your ostomy and all it represents.
Vera SA is a proud partner of CANSA and The South African Society of Ostomates.
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