The ABC of Ostomy
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.[/tab]
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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