Did/Does anyone have a bridge around your stoma? HELP!

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glaciergrl
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I still have my bridge in, it has been two weeks. My surgeon wants to take it out himself and it won't be for another 11 days yet. It is causing my skin to get irritated. It doesn't seem to matter if I use paste, powder, wipes, etc. I use convatec moldable wafers.
 
I didn't expect any of this...well I knew about it. It's the whole I didn't really think it would happen to me thing. Ugh! I don't know what to do.
 
Does this get any easier?
 
25yrs old/ teacher/ Wisconsin

Diagnosed UC Pancolitis in Nov 2004
Diagnosed PSC in Oct 2006


XtremeMisery
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I had one in, but they removed it before I left the hospital. I would call your surgeon and tell him your skin is breaking down from it and maybe you can get it out sooner.....my ostomy nuse took my out.

Keep us posted,

Lizzie


Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS-C 2000
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
2 JP drains- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008
Botox injections Dec. 17 2008
Dx Anismus- Second opinion U oF M
Recommended at home biofeedback for 2 months, BUT before I could
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009.
Suggested ileostomy April 12 with no resolution.
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering.
Right abdominal abscess and hospitlilization April 20-24
Cleveland Clininc Surgery consult for kock pouch May 27 with Dr. Remzi (understudy of Dr. Fazio)
 
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glaciergrl
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
How do they take them out? Is it a snip and pull kind of thing? Did it hurt at all?

Thank you for your rapid response. It is much needed and greatly appreciated!!!!!
25yrs old/ teacher/ Wisconsin

Diagnosed UC Pancolitis in Nov 2004
Diagnosed PSC in Oct 2006


XtremeMisery
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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes, they cut it with scissors and then pulled it out....realiatically any of us could do it :) but no it did not hurt. I did not feel it.....hope you can get it out sooner :)

Lizzie


Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS-C 2000
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
2 JP drains- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008
Botox injections Dec. 17 2008
Dx Anismus- Second opinion U oF M
Recommended at home biofeedback for 2 months, BUT before I could
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009.
Suggested ileostomy April 12 with no resolution.
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering.
Right abdominal abscess and hospitlilization April 20-24
Cleveland Clininc Surgery consult for kock pouch May 27 with Dr. Remzi (understudy of Dr. Fazio)
 
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"


Chasblah
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   Posted 5/4/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I had one too, for my loop ileostomy, but they also removed it b4 I left the hospital. I wonder why they've left yours in so long?

I was so afraid it was going to hurt to come out. But it didn't hurt at all! Just a couple of snips. No big deal.

I agree with XM about talking to the surgeon.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

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TheBag
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   Posted 5/4/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
holy cow! he/she must have their reasons but if your skin is all messed up you better get a hold of the doctor pronto. mine was taken out 2/3 days after surgery. didnt hurt at all didnt even know they had done it. wow thats really odd. CALL YOUR DOCTOR! please keep us updated and hang in there glaciergrl!!

TheBag
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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
hows it going w/ the bridge? are you ok out there? have you called your doctor?

glaciergrl
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Total Posts : 269
   Posted 5/6/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about not responding right away, my computer crashed. I fixed it but I lost everything!!!:(

I talked to the home care nurse when he came. He said it wasn't really the bridge causing the problems. We stuck a bunch of extra paste in there this time and I haven't had any problems. I am so nervous about changing this thing without a nurse. When I did it myself I got a leak... ugh!

Anyhow, I didn't call my surgeon yet. I'm gonna see how everything looks when I change it tomorrow. I think I can bear it for another week. My surgeon didn't take it out before I left the hospital because he said he would've liked to see the stoma sticking out a little bit more. He left it in for support. I can understand that, compared to the pics I have seen of stomas mine is pretty small and doesn't stick out that much.

I am doing much better the past couple days, except for the watermelon I ate. That was a mistake.

Thank you all for you help and advice. I would be completely and utterly lost without you all! I sincerely mean that!!!!!!!

Holly
25yrs old/ teacher/ Wisconsin

Diagnosed UC Pancolitis in Nov 2004
Diagnosed PSC in Oct 2006

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