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I Don’t Want an Ostomy Bag – Top Concerns for Those Facing Ostomy Surgery

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
05/11/17  10:22 AM PST

No one wants an ostomy bag. But Laura’s had one since 2011 and it hasn’t stopped her from having friends, traveling, dating and enjoying her life. Watch Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist take us through the top fourteen ostomy concerns those facing surgery may have.

These fourteen concerns that Laura addresses are: leaks; noise; dressing; body image; going out in public; sports, leisure and other activities; friends; dating and sex; sleeping; odor; hydration; and travel.

Check out these links for more information about the concerns Laura touches on:

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  1. helen k.
    Posted March 26, 2018 at 9:22 am PDT

    Why do ostomy bags sometime break or fill up too fast?

  2. Aimee Sharp
    Posted March 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm PDT

    Hi Helen! We sent your questions to our Ostomy Product Manager, and here is his response: “I think with your first question, you’re asking ‘Why do ostomy pouches sometime leak?’ If so, sometime leaks form from underneath the barrier because the adhesive comes loose. Other times it could be that the appliance system the ostomate is using isn’t the best option for that particular user. For example, perhaps the stoma is retracted or sits very close to the abdomen. In this case, a convex barrier might be more appropriate. There are hundreds of options available.

    In addition, there are many accessories available that will help ensure a better fit, from barrier films, to cohesive seals, to barrier strips.

    Gas build up could fill a pouch quickly, which could put pressure on the pouch and lead to leaks. Many pouches come with charcoal filters to help release gas build up and mitigate the risk of leaking due to gas.

    Why to ostomy bags sometimes fill up so fast?
    It could be that the ostomate has high output. A change in diet could help slow output. It is recommended that ostomates change or empty their pouches when they are 1/3 full.”

    We hope that helps! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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