Will I be able to wear the same clothes as before?
What will the stool look like that comes from the ileostomy or colostomy? How many times a day will I need to empty it? Should I expect an odor or smell?
Will I be able to travel?
How do I change the pouch?
- How often do I need to change the pouch?
- What supplies do I need, and where can I get them? How much do they cost?
- What is the best way to empty the pouch?
- How do I clean the bag afterward?
Can I take showers? Can I take a bath? Do I need to wear the pouch when I bathe?
Can I still play sports? Can I go back to work?
Do I need to change the medicines I am taking? Will birth control pills still work?
What changes do I need to make in my diet?
What can I do if my stools are too loose? Are there foods that will make my stools more firm?
What can I do if my stools are too hard? Are there foods that will make my stools looser or more watery? Do I need to drink more liquids?
What should I do if nothing is coming out of the stoma into the pouch?
- How long is too long?
- Are there foods that may cause blockage of the stoma or opening?
- How can I change my diet to prevent this problem?
What should my stoma look like when it is healthy?
- How should I care for the stoma every day? How often should I clean it? What types of tape, creams, or paste can I use on the stoma?
- Does insurance cover the cost of ostomy supplies?
- What should I do if there is bleeding from the stoma, if it appears red or swollen, or if there is a sore on the stoma?
When should I call the doctor?