It may take some time to get used to the process of changing the colostomy and ileostomy bags as well as the proper cleaning of your stoma but as you will discover it is not complicated or difficult. We have collected the most frequently asked questions we receive from you so that you can be completely independent as soon as possible.
Where can I order ostomy materials?
Before you leave the hospital, you will be given products that will cover you for at least a week. You will also be given information and tips on sourcing materials. Your doctor will give you instructions on what is required, and of course, a prescription on the ostomy materials you need.
You should order new supplies for colostomy or ileostomy bags when you open your last box. That way you will never run out.
However, you shouldn’t allow supplies to accumulate, as they may be damaged by moisture or temperature changes.
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You can get free ostomy samples to try them out.
Tell us what kind of ostomy you have and we will send you samples or even one of our specialized staff to help you make the right choice (as long as you live in Greece).
If you try different materials, write down which ones you like and which ones are not suited for you. If you choose to use any new material, you can place your order with a simple call.
Can I make the ostomy bag changes myself?
Yes! You will need some training in the beginning, but learning to make changes on your own will allow you to be independent. This will also help you if you are facing a small leak problem. You will know what to do in such a case (cleaning with soap and water), without having to ask for extra help.
Do I need special equipment?
It only takes 5 minutes to prepare the necessary equipment to make an ostomy bag change.
Get in the habit of always taking with you the few things needed to wash, a spare bag and some clothes for any accidents or discomfort. Your stoma is not a wound but a mucous membrane, therefore, daily care is nothing more than a simple cleansing with bare hands, using soap and water. To be as independent as possible at home, we recommend that you make the changes yourself so that you can get used to it as soon as possible.
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How to remove the used bag & clean the stoma?
To properly remove your used bag, refer to the instructions for use on their original packaging. The following, of course, are the basic steps:
Where can I dispose used ostomy materials?
Ostomy products are not biodegradable and so can not be thrown in the toilet or out. Used ostomy pouches can be placed in a bag that will close tightly and then thrown away with the rest of the household waste. If you have bags that can be emptied, it is a good idea to empty them of their contents before throwing them away.
How to place the new ostomy bag?
To place the new ostomy bag and / or the new flange correctly, refer to the instructions for use on the box of purchase. The basic steps, of course, are the following:
Hair growth around your mouth can cause the bag to stick poorly and cause pain when changing. It is stronly recommended to shave the area very carefully with a razor.
How often should I change my bag or flange?
You decide. Everyone finds their own routine and be able to do it on their own. The procedure is normalized about a month after the operation. Usually in a two-piece system the base is changed every 3 days and the bag (for a system of one and two pieces) daily or when it is full.
How can I prevent skin irritation and redness from occurring around the stoma?
If you follow the following steps you can prevent redness and irritation of the skin around your mouth:
If you have redness or itching, contact your doctor or Traumacare staff.
Can I modify my ostomy bag?
Of course! You can customize your bag in any way you want, using different materials (adhesive tape, fabric, etc.). You can even find videos, photos and instructions on the internet searching for “ostomy modification” or “fashionable ostomy”. Just be careful with the filter if you use airtight materials.