Ostomy - hope or disase?
An interview with a doctor about some of our questions regarding getting ostomy surgery and follow up care
Q: Is ostomy or a disease?
A: Ostomy is not a disability hindering you from living a normal life, it is rather a solution that enables you to return to normalcy and living a fruitful life. Under certain circumstances, ostomy is an appropriate choice made to live an enjoyable and productive life. Rather than giving up, it is also the realization of one's social and economic aspirations.
Q: Where is there a need for an ostomy?
A:An ostomy is a solution to life threatening situations such tumors of the colon, urinary bladder, inflammatory bowel disease, or simply where anatomy is not compatible for life.
Q:What is a stoma?
A: Stoma is a redirection of the gut or bladder to the abdominal wall to allow the comfortable and controlled removal of human waist.
Q: Is an ostomy permanent?
A: While an ostomy may be permanent, there are many situations in which the ostomy is temporary to help heal any trauma or infection. It is easily reversible after a short period if good healing occurs.
Q: What are the complications associated with an ostomy?
Skin irritation, ulceration, minor oozing of blood, minor bleeding, hernia, and fungal infection are possible complications. Fortunately, the risk of these complications can be minimized by both good ostomy and wound care and taking precautions to avoid activities that may increase the risk of some of these complications.