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. Not to mention, over time your body and profile are also likely to change.
This may include:
- Weight gain or loss as you recover from the illness that caused the operation
- Folds or scarring of the skin around your stoma
- Hernia development connected to your stoma
This may lead to leakages, skin irritation, skin problems, adhesion or application issues that can be a sign that it is time to have your stoma reviewed.
If you are experiencing any of the above, it is important that you make sure you have a review of your current management options.