Living with a stoma is not always straightforward. The effects of a poorly managed stoma can have a serious impact on your quality of life- and no one understands that more than Coloplast. It may make it difficult for you to get through your day without interruptions. You may feel afraid to go out with friends, take vacations or do everyday things. Some people begin to cancel activities and withdraw from their lives. A poorly managed stoma may affect your work and your relationships. You may feel tired, depressed, anxious and lonely.
The harmful effects of output on your skin around your stoma are well known and unfortunately too common. Stoma and peristomal skin complications may cause you to have leakage, pain, problems adjusting to your stoma and a diminished quality of life. 6 out of 10 people with a stoma believe their skin issues are caused by leakage on the skin
. Therefore, it’s essential to create a good, secure fit around your stoma and adopt a change routine that will help protect and maintain the health of your skin, allowing you to have worry-free bag changes.
While many people have good habits, there will be times when you may develop issues that get in the way of living life the way you want. It isn’t always easy to know if you need help to solve the problem from your GP or Specialist Nurse or if you can resolve the issue yourself.
As a team of Coloplast Stomal Therapy Nurses, we are passionate about working with people to help you live your life with a stoma with less issues and worries. We will provide you with qualified medical support, where you can explore your concerns, look at which solutions are available, and which will suit your specific needs. Our Coloplast Stomal Therapy Nurses will always refer you back to a specialist if need be.
We would always recommend that you seek assistance from your own specialist Stomal Therapy Nurse if you have one prior to enquiring with our service as they will know your situation better.
 Coloplast, Review, Ostomy Life Study, 2016, Data on file (PM-04985).