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awesomeame
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
from doing a bit of reading in the forum, i've gathered the opening for the bag should be as far down from the navel as possible? like straight down? to the left, to the right? i'm righthanded if that makes any difference. any input on location would be helpful!

--matt
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


vette guy
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   Posted 11/20/2006 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Generally speaking colostomies are on your left, while ileostomies are on your right. Where they position the height of your stoma will depend alot on body shape, and how your body bends. If you have a good surgeon, he/she will take into consideration the best place for it. you'll be fine, and good luck with the surgery.

Shaz032
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   Posted 11/21/2006 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
It's best not to have your stoma positioned on or above your belt line - it makes it hard for waste to slide down into the bag (in fact some soon-to-be ostomates even have that written into their operation agreement forms).

Before your surgery, your stoma nurse (I hope your surgeon puts you in touch with one BEFORE surgery) will watch you walking, take into account the clothes you wear, etc and position your stoma accordingly in the (hopefully) best position for you so it doesn't interfere with anything you do.

Good luck.
I have had an ileostomy for 30 years now due to UC.
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awesomeame
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   Posted 11/21/2006 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the input. a couple questions still though... :)

is it possible to run a hose of some kind from the stoma down your leg and "mount" the bag on your calf? i got dressed up earlier today just to see where i could 'hide' the bag and that seems to be the only spot i can find...most of my clothes are designer-custom so they fit quite snugly, and having the bag up on my thigh would ruin my sexy figure haha

--matt
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


suebear
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   Posted 11/21/2006 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   

You will have an ET nurse (enterostomal) who will determine the best location for your ostomy.  Factors such as your height, length of waist, type of clothing you wear are considered.  He/she will mark you and the surgeon will follow that lead.  These nurses are awesome and will be a great resource for you as you learn how to manage and ostomy and work with the various supplies.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free
 


wmnak
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   Posted 11/22/2006 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Insist on seeing an ET nurse prior to surgery.  Colostomy placement is usually between the navel and the pelvic crest ... the nurse will make specific suggestions that will enable you to walk, sit, bend over, etc, most comfortably. S/he will be your greatest asset both before and after surgery. 


vette guy
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   Posted 11/22/2006 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Awesomeama-When's your surgery???

awesomeame
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   Posted 11/24/2006 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
not scheduled yet :( waiting for the doc to call with a date. i feel like a schoolgirl waiting by the phone on prom night waiting for someone to call...in this case my doc. hopefully i'll hear something next week....until then i'm taking tylenols like they're going out of style. my GI is supposed to call too about stronger pain meds, but nothing there either. both docs are out of the office this week, luckyyyy for me....

--matt
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

Post Edited (awesomeame) : 11/24/2006 8:51:02 AM (GMT-7)


awesomeame
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   Posted 12/9/2006 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
ok looks like the first week of january for removal of my rectum/anus/large bowl. woohoo.

i talked with the stoma nurse yesturday and looks like my stoma is going to be on my right side, just below the line of my belly button. i wear hiphuggers most of the time, so this means a 12" bag is going to hang over my belt, on the outside of my pants. not a problem since i wear my shirts not tucked in. the problem i'm going to have is when i have to tuck my shirt in...does anyone know if i can have the stoma put higher up, like say 2" above the belly button line? i'll be asking the stoma nurse before the preop, but i wanna know now lol

--matt
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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