Working with an Ostomy

The reality after an ostomy An ostomy (colostomy, urostomy, or ileostomy) is an operation where surgeons reroute your digestive or urinary tract through an opening in your abdomen. People with...

Foley Catheter 101

What is a Foley catheter?  Also known as indwelling catheters, Foley catheters are thin, sterile tubes inserted into the bladder to help drain urine. A small balloon at the tip...

What to Know About Removing Catheter

What To Expect After Removing Catheter A device commonly used to empty a patient’s bladder before or after surgery, a urinary catheter can remain in a person’s body for any...

Catheter Pain: Do catheters hurt

What are urinary catheters? Regarding the question of catheter pain, the answer varies because it’s a different experience for everyone. For some, inserting a catheter might be painful or uncomfortable,...

Can you reuse a urinary catheter?

There are many different catheters in the medical world. Urinary catheters are thin, flexible tubes that drain urine from the bladder via the urethra or a surgically made hole on...

The Basics: closed system catheter

It can be difficult to adjust to life with a urinary catheter, especially when you’ve never had to use one before. Fortunately, many intermittent catheter systems offer convenience and comfort....

Getting to know your urethra

What is a urethra? Imagine a funnel with a wide cone at the top leading to a slim tube at the bottom. The tube’s purpose is to guide liquid from...

Adjusting to life with a catheter

As it can bring changes to your daily routine, using a urinary catheter might be a challenge, but being prepared can help you become comfortable as soon as possible. In...

What Is Ulcerative Colitis

Do you experience severe bowel urgency? Perhaps you also have recurring bloody stool and feel pain in your abdomen and rectum. If you have been experiencing these symptoms and they...

What is Diverticulitis Surgery?

Diverticulitis surgey is needed when you experience diverticultis, a gastrointestinal condition that causes small pouches or bulges in the lining of your intestine (diverticula) to swell or become infected. Diverticula...

How Do Catheters Work?

Having trouble urinating can be a serious problem, but a catheter might help you. A catheter a thin and hollow tube that can pass through your bladder to drain your...

Why You Should Be Wearing An Ostomy Belt

Every ostomate needs a functional ostomy appliance. But at times, they can experience problems such as discomfort and leakage. An ostomy belt can resolve this problem. It functions similarly to...

5 Reasons to Join An Ostomy Support Group

Re-adjusting to life following ostomy surgery can take time and some effort on your part. The changes can be challenging and overwhelming, from learning the right ostomy products to getting...

A Guide to Urostomy Bags – 2022

A one-piece closed urostomy bag or pouch is a prosthetic medical device that collects urine outside the abdomen. You may use this after you have undergone bladder surgery. Before you...

Ostomy Class: Ostomy and Diet

Having an ostomy will affect your diet and how you should eat to stay healthy. Although your ostomy nurse or doctor can offer you some general tips regarding your diet,...

Ostomy Class: Ostomy Skincare

Skin irritation is a common issue that many ostomates have to deal with at some point. Pouching systems and output both can cause itching and burning of the skin, but...

Ostomy Class: Preventing Ostomy Leaks

Ostomy leaks are a common problem — the good news is that they’re relatively easy to prevent and treat if they do occur. Leaks are caused when the baseplate of...

Ostomy Class: Ostomy and Exercise

There’s no reason for you stop exercising just because you have an ostomy. Often, having ostomy surgery can offer you a second chance at life and that means that taking...

Ostomy Class: What to Expect After Surgery

Ostomy surgery is a common and safe procedure. Nevertheless, there will naturally be a healing and adjustment period immediately following your surgery. Something to remember is that your abdomen and...

Ostomy Class: Choosing Ostomy Products

There’s a wide variety of ostomy products out there — so how do you choose the best ostomy pouch and other ostomy products for you? Let our Ostomy Education Lead...

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