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Colostomy

Surgical procedures such as the tonsillectomy and the appendectomy do not cause the same level of apprehension in a person as a colostomy. All three surgeries involve the removal of all or part of an organ, yet a tonsillectomy or an appendectomy does not require a replacement for the infected and removed organ.

The Dreaded Stoma

A colostomy makes you dependent on a stoma (a special opening) and a bag for collecting waste. It also involves removing a section of the colon and rectum. Since the human body has to get rid of solid waste, unfortunately, a “stoma appliance” may become an unpleasant fact.

The stoma appliance is a bag attached to your abdomen. That bag receives the waste products coming out of the now-shortened colon. Unable to reach the anus, the solid waste in the colon must leave through a hole in the abdomen and the stoma appliance catches it for disposal.

The creation of a stoma can pose a challenge for the surgeon since they must stitch the edges of an exposed intestinal “tip” to the peritoneum. The stoma has no controlling nerves such as found in the rectum. Thus, someone with a stoma appliance must learn how to empty it in a hygienic manner.

Why Would You Need This Procedure Anyway?

Many different reasons exist for why a doctor might recommend a colostomy. If an intra-abdominal infection such as Diverticulitis goes untreated, an intestinal perforation can form. The surgeon must then remove the perforated section of the colon while attaching the remaining section to the peritoneum.

Severe damage to the large intestine can necessitate surgical intervention as well. For example, gunshot wounds can cause irreparable intestinal damage. Patients with advanced colon cancer generally need to have part of their large intestines removed, and that also produces an irreparable change in the operating ability of the colon.

A less frequent cause for a colostomy is Hirschsprung’s Disease which causes damage to the nerves controlling the bowels. When those nerves are malfunctioning, fecal matter does not pass completely through the large intestines, and the surgeon must artificially create a means for waste to be evacuated.

Types of Colostomy Procedures

Because there are so many different reasons for a colostomy, there are many different possible locations for the stoma appliance. Sometimes the stoma receives waste from the ascending portion of the large intestine and becomes filled with fluids. These fluids typically contain many digestive juices and they can damage the skin around the opening.

Double-Stoma

Sometimes a colostomy may result in the creation of two different openings on the abdomen. This variation occurs when the surgeon has created a cut in the transverse portion of the large intestine. The nature of the material coming through these openings depends on how close they come to the patient’s left side. As fecal material passes through the transverse section of the large intestine, it’s converted from a liquid into a semi-solid consistency.

Sigmoidoscopy

The most common of these procedures is simply one in which a section of the sigmoid (the descending) portion of the large intestine is removed. Most patients undergoing this type wear their stoma appliance on the left side of their body. Hanging in that location, the appliance catches fecal material that is already well formed.

Preparing for a Colostomy

Prior to having a section of your large intestines removed, you must have a clean colon and a bowel prep procedure is performed. Such preparation includes a period of fasting, the administration of an enema, or possibly the temporary use of a colon cleansing agent.

With many patients, the pre-surgical preparation can be a lengthy process. The negative health condition making surgery necessary has probably led to an impaction of fecal material within the colon itself. All of that impacted material must be removed prior to surgery.

The Importance of Post-Colostomy Care

You must also learn how to keep the stoma clean and free of infection. The possibility of contamination is a definite risk simply because of the “material” involved. Any hazard that could obstruct the stoma can lead to it leaking. Moreover, failure to avoid skin irritation could lead to the development of severe health complications.

Adopt An Organic, High Fiber Diet Now!

A number of intestinal problems can be avoided by maintaining a clean colon. Paying careful attention to diet can help you avoid the need for surgery. An organic, high fiber diet helps promote regularity, so it’s of great health benefit to adopt a diet consisting of whole-wheat breads and pastas, unprocessed nuts and grains, plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, berries and especially purified water.

Oxygen Based Colon Cleansing Can Help Your Body

Using a high quality colon cleansing supplement such as Oxy-Powder® can also encourage movement of the intestinal muscles. Oxy-Powder® contains only natural minerals and other ingredients that work with your body’s HCl (stomach acid) to generate beneficial oxygen for liquefying waste. Furthermore, Oxy-Powder® is completely non-addictive—you can take it on a regular basis to help your digestive system get rid of waste or occasionally (in higher doses) for effective purging and detoxifying efforts.

Once the hard accumulated waste is gone, your entire digestive system can begin healing. An optimally functioning system can more efficiently carry out its two primary tasks—the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste. Therefore, keeping your colon clean can lead to a significantly improved state of overall health and vitality.

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