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  • Tips for living with your ostomy

    An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body wastes. It is usually about the size of a quarter. The size and shape of your stoma can change for up to six weeks. A pouch is worn over the opening to collect waste.

    What if the pouch leaks?

    What if I see some blood when cleaning my stoma?

    Is it normal to see my stoma move?

    Is a different color stool normal?

    What if I can't get the paste residue off my skin?

    Can I go swimming?

    Why would I take vitamin C for my urinary stoma?

    Could I irrigate my fecal stoma and not wear a pouch?

    What about gas?