What is Stomatherapy?
Stomatherapy is care of patients who have their bowel or bladder diverted surgically onto their abdomen and are required to wear a stoma pouch (a bag) over this opening. Stoma is a Greek word meaning mouth or opening.
What is a stomal therapy nurse?
Stomal therapy nurses are registered nurses who have undertaken further education enabling them to provide specialised care for people undergoing surgery that involves the formation of a stoma . A stoma is a surgically created opening on the body that allows for the passage of waste.
What is the purpose of stoma care?
The feces that come out of the stoma can be very irritating to the skin. So it is important to take special care of the stoma to avoid damage to the skin.
How long does it take for a stoma to heal?
It takes around 8 weeks to feel fully recovered from stoma surgery. You may also feel quite emotional and maybe a little bit overwhelmed. Having stoma surgery is a big change physically and emotionally. It is perfectly natural to feel like this after surgery and it can be helpful to talk to others in your situation.
What foods should I avoid with a stoma?
Tips to avoid food blockages: Nuts. Coconut. Celery. Mushrooms. Sweetcorn. Raw fruit skins. Bean sprouts and bamboo shoots. Dried fruit such as currants and raisins.
How do you know if a stoma is functioning?
Palpation Gently feel around the stoma site for any tenderness. Ask the patient to cough and feel for a cough impulse for any obvious parastomal hernia. Gently digitate the stoma to assess for any stenosis and check patency.
How many types of Stomas are there?
Where can I find a stoma nurse?
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) The WOCN Society can help you find a WOC nurse in your area. The “Patient Information” section of their website contains resources for patients and families.
What is the potential complication of colostomy formation?
Common complications include poor stoma siting, high output, skin irritation, ischemia, retraction, parastomal hernia (PH), and prolapse. Surgeons should be cognizant of these complications before, during, and after stoma creation , and adequate measures should be taken to avoid them.
Does having a stoma shorten your life?
Despite efforts to maintain the intestinal tissue and treat these diseases, a large number of patients undergo ostomy surgery each year.  Using stoma , either permanent or temporary, greatly reduces the patient’s quality of life (QOL).
What can go wrong with a stoma?
This article explores some of the more common problems : sore skin; appliance leakage; stoma retraction; prolapsed stoma ; parastomal hernia; food bolus blockage; and urinary infection.
What is the difference between a stoma bag and a colostomy bag?
If you have a colostomy bag , it means you still have your colon – col- ostomy . But there is also an ileostomy – which means you still have your ileum – your small bowel. A stoma is where the end of the bowel is brought to the outer surface of the abdomen to release waste into a stoma bag .
Why does colostomy poop smell so bad?
When the skin barrier isn’t properly adhered to the skin to create a seal, your ostomy can leak odor , gas, and even stool or urine under the barrier.
Do you lose weight with a stoma?
Not everybody loses weight when they have a stoma Although unwanted weight loss is a common problem before and immediately following surgery, long-term many people find that they gain too much weight and decide to cut down.
How should I dress with a stoma?
Underwear should go either under or completely over the stoma bag. Tight-fitting clothes can still be worn. You can still wear a support girdle after stoma surgery. Some companies design specific clothing for women with a stoma , such as swimwear, underwear, nightwear and high-waisted tights.