Stoma Getting Longer!

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   Posted 7/6/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am beginning to become concerned. anyone who has any experience, I would love to hear from you I have had a transverse loop colostomy. After sugery the stoma was about 2" long and " WIDE and protruded about 1/2 inch. It has prolapsed and now the stoma is 4" long about 2 inches wide and protrudes about an inch and a half. I spoke to my ostomy nurse, and she did not seem concerned because it could be pressed back in, but she did suggest that I might have to get an ostomy belt. The stoma is very unsightly even under loose clothing. It looks like I am half pregnant (impossible I am a regular man) Does anyone have any thooughts on this problem.


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   Posted 7/8/2007 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Prolapses aren't dangerous, just annoying. The only way to stop them is to have another surgery so the surgeon can suture it back in place.

Imagine a sock rolled in on itself once. This is how your stoma is constructed (what you actually see is the inside of your stoma, not he outside). Now, imagine that sock slowly becomes elongated as you pull one end out. This is what happens in a prolapse.

Easy ways to fix it are by rubbing ice on your stoma or sprinkling brown sugar on it (yes, I know, but it's recommended by several stoma nurses and it does work lol).

If the prolapse is very annoying, see your surgeon and ask them to fix it for you.

Good luck.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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