what is a plug

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   Posted 7/23/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  whats is a plug i have heard so much about it is it easy to get hold of i was told you can go swimming with a stoma but scared about leaking in the pool lost five and a half stone started to put on a little weight now just right but stomach is still bigger than my upper body has anyone else had this problem and if so will it go back once had the reversal.

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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont know what a plug is, but you shouldnt' have problems swimming, i went swimming today, and i usually go at least three times a week. If your bag is on right, you won't have problems with leaking. What i do is, i turn my bag up on itself and tape it down, that keeps it from getting as wet also.
Your stomach is bigger because of the swelling, and because once your stomach muscles are cut, they don't go back as quickly. I doubt it will go back immediately after the reversal, because they will cut the muscles again. But after a while you can start doing situps or other stomach exercies.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
A stoma plug is basically what it sounds like - a plug for your stoma (instead of wearing a bag). However, only those with a colostomy (usually those who irrigate) can usually use one successfully since they will know when their 'quiet times' are. For those of us with an ileostomy, they are useless since we output all the time which would push the plug out of the stoma.

Like Summerstorm, I have no problems swimming with my bag. Choose a bathing costume with a pattern or splash of colour over the stoma site which will disguise any slight bulge there. Never, in 32 years, has anyone spotted my stoma under my bathers. To gain some confidence, try soaking in a bath for 1/2 hour with your bag on to see if your bag is up to the job in the water.

Good luck.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
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