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 […]

Hip Replacement with an Ostomy

Question: I have had an ileostomy for 39 years I am now 80 yrs old and need a hip replacement has anyone else had this surgery at my age I am fairly healthy? Response: Hip replacement surgery is a common enough procedure today. Your responsibilities will be to work closely with your healthcare team, don’t […]

Support for a Blind Ostomate

March 2017 – “Ask the Ostomy Lifestyle Expert” Question: I am a CCAC care coordinator and one of my clients is losing their vision due to macular degeneration. I am wondering if there are resources to allow her to learn how to do her own colostomy care at home. She has had the ostomy for […]

Ask the Ostomy Lifestyle Expert – February 2017

Question: Is it common or unusual for waste to come out of both passages? I had an incident where I had been having cramping for a few days and then I passed a small amount of poop through my anus and also through the stoma. I have had my ostomy for about 10 months and […]

Pouch Size Problems

Question: Information or who we could contact to discuss pouch size problem or a supplier? My sister had cancer and is having problems. Currently her bowel movements are during the night and using the “bag” she originally started out with, is not large enough so she tries to stay awake during the night to ensure […]