An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening abdomen to the surface of your skin. This allows stool, urine, and gas to exit through your stoma. There are many different types of ostomies, including ileostomy, colostomy, and urostomy. Ostomies can be temporary or permanent depending on what is causing blockages in your colons, such as Crohn’s Disease or cancer. The best way to live with an ostomy depends on how much time you will need one for and which type you have been given. One important thing about living with an ostomy is making sure that it doesn’t leak because this could create discomfort or embarrassment for yourself and others. This article explains how to use convex flanges with your ostomy bag.
Types of Ostomies
There are many different types of ostomies, including ileostomy, colostomy, and urostomy. The kind you have will depend on which body part or organ is causing blockages in your colon that need to be removed. This will determine the type of ostomy you have and how long it’s needed.
If your ileostomy is temporary, you will be able to reverse it by having another surgery that reconnects your small intestines with your rectum or anus. If your colostomy is temporary, then you may be able to change it by reconnecting your colon to the rectum or anus. If your ileostomy or colostomy is permanent, then you will have a stoma for the rest of your life.
Urostomies are surgeries that create an opening in the bladder so urine can drain out instead of being released through the urethra. There are different types of urostomies depending on who they are needed for and what the problem is. It is possible to reverse a urostomy if you have another surgery that attaches your bladder to the urinary tract.
Ostomies can be temporary or permanent, depending on what caused them to be created in the first place. Temporary ostomies are often reversible, but permanent ostomies are not.
Convex flanges are created using many different materials. Patients may be given specific instructions on which material to use based on their stoma size, location, and function. However, some standard materials can generally be used by patients with an ostomy. Material choices include silicone, foam, latex, and plastic.
Silicone creates a robust and flexible flange that is durable and can be used by patients with heavy drainage or long-term wear. Silicone won’t absorb liquid or fray easily so that it will last through almost any situation. However, it doesn’t have pores to allow ventilation, which may cause skin irritation for some users.
Foam is a soft, lightweight option that comes in many varieties of thickness and size. It also absorbs wetness, which helps prevent skin irritation. However, foam flanges may get stiff or break down faster than other materials depending on the brand.
Latex has pores to promote ventilation preventing skin irritation from prolonged use. It can be strong enough to hold up against heavy drainage when appropriately sealed, but latex may be less durable than other materials.
Plastic is a strong material that can withstand use in many different situations. It also offers ventilation to prevent skin irritation, but it may feel bulky or not form-fitting for users.
Choosing the Right Size
Convex flanges should be used with an ostomy bag to ensure that the stoma is covered and moisture is contained. They should fit snugly around the stoma so it can’t leak and not create discomfort or irritation.
Choosing the right size will depend on your specific body type and situation. Many brands have sizes available to accommodate various features, including stoma size, skin tone, and body type. Some flanges are also adjustable, so they can be easily adjusted when changing appliances over time.
Convex flanges come in different sizes, shapes, and thicknesses, depending on the brand. This allows you to choose the right fit for your particular stoma and situation.
Choosing the Right Style/Shape
Flanges can be generally categorized into three main styles: flat, convex, and contoured. Each of these styles may also come in different thicknesses depending on your needs.
You should select a style that will best accommodate where your stoma is located and how it functions. For example, flat flanges may be best used in areas where the stoma is flush with the skin and operates vertically. In contrast, convex flanges work well for stomas that protrude from the body or go horizontally.