Rectal Discharge

Question: I am three weeks post surgery. My ostomy is to be reversed in three months. I was told to expect some rectal discharge and did have some. However yesterday I experienced some uncontrollable brown discharge. Is this normal and will it subside? Response: People who have an ostomy and have an intact rectum and […]

Stoma Revision Fears

Question: I have had my ileostomy for 40 years. During the past 2 years my stoma has shrunken to 1/4 inch on good days and is usually flush to my skin. I also have a hernia around it, and a very tight opening through the stoma. I do suffer from cramps but no real blockages. […]

Abdominal Tightness

October 2017 Question: I have had my ostomy since surgery Nov. 2015. For the last 6 months to a year I feel that I have a tight belt around my stomach. I’m not constipated and I don’t have a blockage. Is this normal? No pain, just very uncomfortable. It’s not the belt because I’ve loosened […]

Stain Removal

October 2017 Message Body: I hope you include information for caregivers in your service. My husband has an ileostomy and I’m his caregiver/helper. Can you help me with advice for doing laundry after leaks producing strong stains on white underwear and sheets? Thank you. Response: Caregivers are vital and dedicated members of the recovery and […]

Probiotics

September 2017 – Probiotics Question: Thank-you for being available to take questions. I am 65 and have had an Ileostomy for 6 yrs. I have had Crohn’s for 35 years and Ankylosing Spondylitis for 5 or more years. So, I face many indirect over-the-counter pharmaceutical costs that I try to struggle to manage. There has […]