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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 6/26/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Im two weeks post op with my new colostomy..... the stoma is separating from my skin. I did go to see the ostomy center today but ended up with the nurse Im not so sure she knows what she is doing.... she looked at it and said yep its separating...just fill it in with stoma powder in which she did and put on a new bag. Is this something I should change my bag more often and watch closely or is this nothing really to worry about. Other than that everything else looks good.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 449
   Posted 6/26/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't understand what you mean the skin breaking down around the outside of the stoma? Are the stitches coming out prematurely?
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Colozal. Failed Entocort. Failed Rowasa. Failed Steriods. Failed Steroid Enemas. Failed Remicade, Failed Clinical Trial ABT-874/Aisle 12, Failed Humira(severe reaction).
May 7th - Partial Colectomy - Sigmoid Rectal Ostomy - Partial Rectum left for possible re-connect later. Trying to get used to this new life with a bag.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 21 months old

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 6/26/2009 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
there is a gap between the skin and the stoma. I could probably stick a quarter in it...... most of my stitches are gone now but I do still have some.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 788
   Posted 6/26/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
that happened to me too! I could actually see my stitches. I was freaking out.
If you do a search, I bet you'll find my posts called 'freaking out'. tongue
And that's basically what my stoma nurse told me.
I was a pain to get it to heal, but it did. I didn't change my bag more often, but I did get better products that didn't leak. and I put on lots more paste.
And I tried to give it as much air as possible. Right b4 bed time was best for me. But I have an ileostomy, so I bet that'd be easier for a colostomy.
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)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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