Ostomy and stomas
This series will be about people who have underwent ostomy surgeries and the resulting stoma, Here, the stomas referred to are usually a diversion for faeces or urine from the normal exits; anus or urethra. So many of them wear a bag to collect these excrements next to their body. You may be sitting next to them and not know they have a stoma!
It is a physical disability and an invisible one! It may affect a person mentally for feeling sexually unattractive, having a bag of excrements on their body. One may isolate oneself socially for fear of odor and accidental leakage. Not everybody (especially in the third world countries) can afford the good-quality stoma pouches. Spiritually, some may feel ‘dirty’ to perform prayers.
Yet, this is the group of patients who would thank the doctor for saving their lives from bleeding intestinal conditions, intestinal cancers, gut injuries or congenital conditions. Unfortunately, it will be a big ‘no thank you’ if there is no good-quality support in how to care for their stoma! It is a multidisciplinary care management in order for these ostomates to achieve good quality of life.