Shoshanna, a stoma = a small artificially created
opening to the body's surface. I'm not quite clear on just what you mean by a resection w/stoma. Your subject was a resection w/o stoma. I'm assuming that the stoma you are questioning means an
opening in the abdominal wall for a temporary or permanent bag for eliminating intestinal contents. But perhaps you could provide a little more information? I've had a resection but no need for a bag so I'm not going to be of much help to you.
Now, I "did" have a small
opening to one side w/a tube running to a pump and bag to drain my intestines or abdominal cavity or stomach (who remembers that far back?) for a couple of days after surgery because I absolutely refused an NG tube after surgery. That
opening could have been considered a stoma. But it was a simple matter of pulling the tube and letting the
opening close on its own in just a matter of hours. And that was a special situation requiring a long story. It wasn't the norm and it was 30 years ago this month. Nor was it due to complications of the surgery, it was because of what had gone on before the surgery.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 2/26/2008 11:53:56 AM (GMT-7)