Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well.
I had surgery on November 16 removing a segment of my colon and leaving me with a temporary ileostomy. I was released from the hospital on Nov. 28, and since I have been home I have had nothing but trouble with my ostomy bags. They leak on a daily basis. My skin is getting very irritated from removing the bags so frequently. I am also getting some irritation directly surrounding the stoma which I believe is caused by digestive matter getting around the stoma. I am using the single-piece, cut-to-fit drainable bags (my stoma is oval-shaped). I do have a WOC nurse that has made a couple home visits, but she doesn't seem to really know what to do. She gave me some DuoDerm and also told me to use powder to help protect the skin. These seem to protect my skin a little bit, but I still have the issue of my bags leaking and needing to change them every day. My skin just isn't getting a break. I feel that I am following the instructions for the bag exactly, but obviously I am doing something wrong if it's leaking so frequently. Does anyone have any recommendations regarding either the leakage issue or the skin irritation? Thank you for your time!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 1988 (age 7), inflammation in colon only
Surgery to remove section of colon Nov. 2006, temporary ileostomy