September 2011

We have all heard about the dangers of taking in too much salt in our diet I am sure.  Doctors have been warning us to lower our sodium intake and we see commercials on TV on a routine basis reminding us to lower our sodium.  The same advice given for your general health also holds true for your health regarding your ileostomy. A person ... [More]

In this world of internet searches, marketing scams, and identity theft, there are many types of people trying to find out information about you.  Some of it may be beneficial, some not.  Before you give out your personal information, including information about your medical history and your ostomy, ask yourself a few questions.  &ld... [More]

Bowel control after a Colostomy depends in part on the nature of the colostomy and in part on the nature of the person. Patients with right-sided colostomies do not have as much remaining colon as those with a left-sided colostomy. Because of this, there is usually too little colon left to absorb enough water to make a solid stool. This type cannot... [More]

Arthritis is the most common non-intestinal condition associated with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Although most people with these diseases do not develop arthritis, three primary kinds may develop: Rheumatoid-like Arthritis: This usually involves the wrists and fingers and may improve or worsen without regard to the course of t... [More]

As a patient with a new Urostomy, we are sure you have many questions or concerns about your new medical appliance.  With these tips we hope to alliaviate some of your concerns and hopefully bring some helpful tips to make your new urostomy more manageable and easier to care for. Train yourself to shut the pouch valve as soon as you ha... [More]

Whether or not to include fiber, and to what extent, should be based on the ileostomates tolerance of foods. The intestine has a remarkable capacity to adapt. Digested food in the small intestine is quite watery, and after it moves into the large intestine, a good portion of the water is reabsorbed into the body. Most fiber is indigestible material... [More]