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The ABC of Ostomy

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From A Bigger Life

There are three main types of stoma, colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy.
 
A colostomy or ileostomy can either be temporary or permanent. A urostomy is always permanent.

A colostomy is usually on the left hand side of your tummy. Your output will vary from a solid to semi solid bowel motionoutput, because of this you would normally wear a closed pouch. Whenever it is half full, you would change the pouch.
An ileostomy is usually on the right hand side of your tummy. Your output would alter between being loose to semi solid, because of this you would normally wear a drainable pouch that empties at the bottom. You would change your pouch everyday or every other day. For some people you may be able to keep it on for 3 days at a time.
A urostomy is usually on the right hand side of your tummy. The output is urine so you would wear a pouch with a tap to enable you to empty it. You would normally change your pouch every 3 days. You will have stents inserted into your stoma at the time of surgery. Depending on the practice within your hospital they will be removed or left to fall out themselves.

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