MedicalGoods.com is a great place to start when you have been recently diagnosed with a urinary or bowel disease which requires the use of ostomy supplies. Our website caries numerous and varying supplies to help see your through your trying time of adjustment. Whether you have had an ostomy for a while or are still getting adjusted to the concept, MedicalGoods.com will help see you through it by providing a large choice of common and unique ostomy products.
Regardless if your ostomy is mature or is fairly new, the concept of having one may always be foreign and alien to the individual. Having any physical alterations to one’s body changes their self-concept and can make the individual self-conscious. The ostomy is an umbrella term to include colostomies, urostomies, and ileostomies; these here are the most common ostomy names and can often be used in lieu of other names for ostomies – such as duodenostomy, jejunostomy, and cecostomy to name a few. Your physician or surgeon may tell you the exact name of the ostomy that you have, but the important concept to take away from the conversation you have with your doctor is where on the bowel your stoma is located. For example if you had your rectum removed and your surgeon connected your large intestine to your abdomen through a stoma, you may notice that your excrement is more solid (colostomy). If your surgeon connected the stoma on the small intestines (ileostomy) you may notice your excrement is more loose and watery. The location of the stoma will affect how formed or soft your excrement is and what supplies your Wound and Ostomy Nurse will recommend to dress your ostomy.
A Wound and Ostomy Nurse will often be consulted to see you after your procedure to find the products that will be right for you. The nurse will size up different pouches, apply specific paste and/or powders that will not harm or denude your healing stoma. The nurse many also use different protectant wipes, cements, convex connectors to help with attachment of the pouch. The goal is to help the stoma become mature but not damage the surrounding skin from the presence of excrement or fecal matter.
Knowing what to put on, when to apply it or when to change out your device will be overwhelming at first so patients are often referred out to an outpatient wound clinic or a specialized ostomy counseling center.
Also included in this section are urostomy supplies. A urostomy results when an individual can no longer pass urine through the bladder or urethra, commonly from an obstruction or removal of these organs. Urostomies provide a means so that urine can be collected in an easy manor and drained when it is convenient. They are similar to the colostomies and ileostomies in which a stoma is present on the abdomen and a collection device is secured over the stoma.
Nevertheless, MedicalGoods.com is here to provide a varying choice of supplies that will help you keep your stoma intact and can also help with your emotional care by providing a more discrete way of hiding the ostomy with covers. These supplies are available to the individual but can also be ordered in larger quantities for Home Health companies, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Hospitals. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact us via phone or email and we will be more than happy to assist you with your questions.