Category : Andy

Living with a parastomal hernia

What is a Parastomal Hernia? A parastomal hernia is a type of incisional hernia that allows protrusion of abdominal contents through the abdominal wall defect created during the creation of an ostomy. The formation of a Stoma is quite an invasive event – the stoma protrudes through muscle and fat layers before exiting through the abdominal wall. However, by doing so, the entire area is weakened. In some people, this weakness can lead to the formation of a parastomal hernia. […]

Shopping list to get you through the early days

There is a great deal of information available on the internet these days regarding the formation of stomas – Why they need to be created, how to look after them and ways to encourage you back to work … but none of them will tell you how you can help yourself to recover quickly and be comfortable in doing so. These things can only be learnt from personal experience. When I came out of hospital, there were a lot of […]

Andy shares what is good to eat and what to avoid

We Ostomates have to be a little careful with what we eat and drink, but there should be no reason why we cannot have a rich and varied diet. By the very nature of our condition, output is “normally” watery, so we want to avoid, or moderate anything likely to make things worse. For me, this is “cheese spread”, or “walnuts”. If I eat much of these, I am forever emptying…… on the other side, chicken is absorbed better for […]

Andy Fletcher shares his tips on changing an ostomy bag

Which is best, a one piece or a two piece appliance? What is the best way to remove a bag? How do you dispose of a used bag? These are some of the questions I have had to answer over the years. Nowadays the internet is full of suggestions, so I have here attempted to “merge” the more useful ones into this single blog, representing my personal views. I have also included a link to a YouTube video that I […]

Andy’s recovery from surgery

Having any kind of Ostomy surgery is pretty evasive to your body, so you need to give yourself plenty of recovery time. Each kind of operation can carry different recovery rates. These range from around three months, to (in my case) six months. I remember my doctor telling me prior to the operation that she was going to sign me off for six months and that I should possibly expect more time, to which I gave her one of those […]

My personal story and reasons for ostomy surgery

On the 17th March 2008 I underwent a total panprocolectomy which gave me a permanent stoma. For those not aware, this meant that most of my intestines, my entire colon, rectum and anus were removed. It’s not as drastic as it sounds, but it has given me a quality of life that I had forgotten about. So, how did all this come about? For several years I noticed I was “spotting blood”, but being a typical male I ignored it hoping it […]