Ostomy Support For Patients With Colorectal Cancer
March is the month of awareness for colorectal cancer. This disease shows no signs and symptoms in most cases. According to a report, it affects more than 140,000 people each year. It is quite preventable with regular screenings and easily treatable during the early stages.
If your cancer necessitates you to undergo a surgical procedure, you may be told that this procedure will end up giving you an ostomy, which can be either an ileostomy or colostomy. In most cases, the surgeon will give you an ostomy to allow the diseased part of your colon to rest and heal. After the colon is healed, the surgeon will perform another procedure to reverse the ostomy. It will also restore natural bowel function.
A colostomy is when a surgeon disconnects the diseased part of the colon from the rest of the GI tract and pulls the end of the healthy colon through a cut in the belly to create an opening. This opening is called a stoma. A stoma passes out waste materials, allowing your diseased part of the colon to recover. In some cases, the surgeon may want to remove a part of the colon or rectum permanently. If your rectum is intact, he will connect it to the healthy part of the colon. If your rectum also has to be removed, you are more likely to end up with a colostomy for life.
In some cases, an ostomy may be necessary to save a life. According to a survey, about 725,000 people in the US live with an ostomy. It means that if your doctor recommends an ostomy to you, you are not alone. You will, however, need to refer to UOAA resources. You may need to seek out one of the ostomy support groups in the US a few days after surgery. Having an ostomy can result in a lot of physical and emotional challenges. Having support from your peers can help you deal with those challenges. Before surgery, you may even ask your nurse to mark your preferred stoma site.
Now let’s clear up a few misconceptions about an ostomy. Having an ostomy doesn’t mean that you will need to say goodbye to normal life after surgery. You can swim, bathe, exercise, go to work, and live the way you want. You may not be able to eat everything right away, but you will be able to do it when your bowel heals.
While most people will qualify for an ostomy reversal procedure, some people may have to live with an ostomy for the rest of their lives. You can discuss with your doctor whether or not you are the right candidate in this regard.
Managing an ostomy bag can be a challenge at the start, but you will eventually adapt to your new toilet routine. After a few months, it will become your second nature. Although there is a risk of certain stoma complications, you can contact an ostomy care nurse whenever you face an issue.