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If you have an ostomy, you're certainly not alone! Just in the United States, approximately 725,000 to 1 million people have had the procedure. Living with an ostomy may require some lifestyle adjustments, but many people are able to continue their usual routines. Wearing the right ostomy pouch will help you to stay as comfortable and hygienic as possible as you navigate these new changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I change my ostomy bag?
Check the manufacturer's instructions and speak to a qualified healthcare professional for guidance. Most manufacturers recommend changing your ostomy bag every 3-7 days, or if you experience burning, itching, or leakage.
How often should I empty my ostomy bag?
There are multiple factors that may affect how frequently you need to empty drainable ostomy bags, such as your procedure and the bag's manufacturer and volume. Most manufacturers recommend emptying it when it's ? to ½ full.
Can I bathe or shower when wearing an ostomy pouch?
Many people can bathe or shower with or without the pouch in place. If the surgery was performed recently, if you have a wound, or if you have high output, you may need to leave it in place. Ask a healthcare professional if you're unsure.
Can I leave my stoma uncovered?
A healthcare professional can provide personalized guidance. Some people leave their skin uncovered for periods of 15-30 minutes. This is called a skin break, and it may help to soothe or prevent irritation.
Can I still do physical activities with an ostomy bag in place?
Many people are able to perform all sorts of physical activities with a drainable ostomy pouch in place. Check with a healthcare professional if you're not sure if an activity can be performed with a pouch.
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