Helping you live a full and active life
It is a worrying time when you learn that you need to undergo major surgery. It can be particularly traumatic when you learn that as a result of surgery your bodily functions will not be the same and will not be able to pass motions/urine in the normal way but will wear a ‘bag’ on your abdomen. Here at Welland Medical we work closely with healthcare professionals, patients and care organisations to develop innovative products that enhance the lives of ostomates throughout the world.
What is a stoma?
Stoma is a Greek word meaning ‘mouth’ or ‘opening’. Stoma surgery results in a small opening on the surface of the abdomen being surgically created in order to divert the flow of faeces and/or urine. The most common underlying conditions resulting in stoma formation are colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease.
A stoma looks like a small spout, deep pink in colour similar to the inside of the mouth and, although it looks raw, it has no feeling. Waste matter comes out of the stoma and is collected in a stoma bag. The type of bag used depends on the type of stoma.
Temporary or permanent
For some colostomy or ileostomy patients the stoma may be temporary allowing the bowel to heal before the stoma is reversed. The length of time before reversal varies.
Common sites for a colostomy.
Usual site for a ileostomy.
Usual site for a urostomy.
A 75 year old patient from East Sussex underwent a surgical procedure for Diverticulitis disease. A colostomy was formed in 1998. She experienced problems such as a dip on one side of the stoma, a hernia and growth under her stoma. She was still experiencing pancaking with her current product. She then decided to evaluate the Flair Active® colostomy bag, she found this bag very comfortable against the skin. She also expressed that she had less pancaking than usual and no leakage. She has rated it excellent in comparison to her usual bag; the bag suited the patient’s needs exactly.
A five year old male in Greece underwent surgery for Megacolon. A large part of his colon was removed and a temporary ileostomy created. Unfortunately, the pouch he was wearing (not Welland Medical) only stayed on his skin for a few hours at a time and this eventually resulted in an extended and painful dermatitis around his stoma. An Aurum ileostomy bag was recommended due to its skin friendly Hyperflex® Hydrocolloid with medical grade Manuka Honey. After month two the dermatitis had improved considerably and the wear time of the pouch increased to almost one a day.