I was under the impression that the average size was 1 1/2 which mine is.
I too have my stoma sitting on what I call a mound, about
the size of 1/2 a softball. It has been getting bigger as time goes on ( been 5 years since I herniated it, about
6 months after getting my colostomy ). I have desided to go to my surgeon and have him look at it because a couple of days ago I was working and I must have caught it on something and ripped the pouch off. I am not sure if I was more imbarressed or mad at what happened. But at least I was only 2 miles from home so I was able to go home and do the clean up there.
He looked at it about
3 years ago and said it could be repaired but lets wait and see if the crohns comes back and have to remove more of my colon then anyway. Gotta love a surgeon that isn't cut happy. But the time has come to concider the "mesh" repair I have been reading on.
I'll let you know more after I see him. Prob a couble of months as I am on HMO and have to jump through lots of hoops to get anything done.
Oh yea got so long winded I forgot the other thing I was going to mention to you. I have been wearing a wide, firm colostomy/ileostomy belt that is more like a binder that has helped hide it and hold it in. It would be alot beter then using an ace bandage. Mine is about 8 in. wide and elastic with velcro to hold it in place. No hole in it as some I have seen on the market.
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Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Fibromyalgia / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?
* I think it may be time for a colorful metaphor*
Post Edited (Pin Cushion) : 8/31/2007 10:44:44 PM (GMT-6)