Will there be odor and noises?
Pouching systems and designed to be odor-proof or odor-resistant. In addition, there are deodorants for use in the pouch. You will experience less gas and fewer noises as your digestive system settles down after surgery. Limit gas-producing foods and carbonated beverages.
How much time will it take to care for my ostomy?
At first, you may need to spend more time in the bathroom until you become used to changing your pouch. Eventually, time spent in the bathroom will return to normal.
Will I be able to return to work?
People with ostomies can perform most jobs, although heavy lifting is sometimes discouraged. In the majority of cases, patients are able to resume normal activities as soon as their strength returns after surgery.
Can I wear regular clothing?
You need no special clothing. Ostomy pouches are fairly flat and inconspicuous. The pressure of undergarments with elastic will not hurt the stoma or prevent functioning of the ostomy.
Can I travel with an ostomy?
All methods of travel are open to you. Many people with ostomies travel just like everyone else; this includes camping trips, cruises, and air travel. Take along enough supplies to last the entire trip plus some extras.
Can I participate in sports?
An ostomy should not limit your participation in sports. Check with your physician about strenuous physical activity such as weight lifting.