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<br /> Life After Your Colostomy<br /> Introduction<br /> This booklet will answer questions you may have about your colostomy<br /> surgery. By now you have had a chance to meet with your surgeon<br /> and Enterostomal Therapist (ET) Nurse. Your ET Nurse has received<br /> special education and training in all aspects of ostomy care, and will be<br /> able to help you and your family learn about living with a colostomy.<br /> I have been an ostomy nurse for 26 years and have had the<br /> opportunity to care for many patients with colostomies. While I was<br /> able to help them learn how to care for their colostomy, my patients<br /> also taught me about the “tricks of the trade.” This booklet will provide<br /> you with some valuable information derived from both my insights and<br /> experiences from my patients.<br /> One of the most striking aspects I repeatedly witnessed from<br /> my patients is they did not change their lifestyle because of their<br /> colostom<a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=1"> Life After Your Colostomy</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=2"> Introduction This booklet will answer questions </a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=3"> Table of Contents Introduction </a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=4"> Normal Digestive Function Looking at what happ</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=5"> What is a Colostomy? During colostomy surger</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=6"> What is a Colostomy? (con’t.) Colostomy surger</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=7"> After the Operation When you wake up from surg</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=8"> After the Operation (con’t.) Pouching System</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=9"> What Type of Pouch Should I Choose? Ostomy pouc</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=10"> Changing the Pouching System The length of time</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=11"> Changing the Pouching System (con’t.) Follow th</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=12"> Changing the Pouching System (con’t.) 5. Apply </a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 13" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=13"> Emptying the Pouch You should empty your pouch</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=14"> Going Home When going home</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=15"> Going Home (con’t.) Diet Unless your doctor has </a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=16"> Going Home (con’t.) Constipation/Diarrhea You </a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=17"> Going Home (con’t.) Intimacy You should speak w</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=18"> Continuing Care After surgery, it’s important </a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=19"> Continuing Care This information should be us</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=20"> Resources T h e United Ostomy Association (UOA</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=21"> Coloplast Support Services “Every i</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=22"> Coloplast Care Program Coloplast Care is a nurs</a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=23"> Edited by: Sharon Evans, RN, MS, CWOCN Clinical </a> <a title="Life After Your Colostomy page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc0af72f?page=24"> The Coloplast story began back in 1954. Elise Sør</a>