Stoma care can be temporary or permanent, depending on the underlying medical condition that has necessitated the need for it. A stoma is an artificial opening created in the abdomen to allow for the passage of stool or urine when the normal elimination process is no longer possible or safe. This may be due to a variety of medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, bladder cancer, or spinal cord injuries, among others.
In some cases, a stoma may be temporary, and the opening may be reversed after the underlying condition has been treated or resolved. For example, if a patient with colorectal cancer undergoes surgery to remove part of the colon, a temporary stoma may be created to allow the remaining portion of the colon to heal. Once the healing process is complete, the stoma may be closed, and normal bowel function may resume.
On the other hand, some medical conditions may require a permanent stoma, and the opening may need to be maintained for the rest of the patient’s life. For instance, patients with severe ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease may require a permanent stoma if other treatment options fail to control their symptoms. Similarly, patients with bladder cancer may need a permanent stoma if their bladder is removed.
It is important to note that living with a stoma can be a significant adjustment for patients and their families. Patients will need to learn how to care for their stoma, including how to clean and change the pouch, and how to manage any potential complications. In addition, stoma care can also have emotional and social implications for patients, and they may benefit from the support of a healthcare professional or a support group.
In summary, whether your stoma care will be permanent depends on the underlying medical condition that has led to its creation. Your healthcare team will discuss the expected duration of your stoma care with you and provide you with the necessary support and resources to manage your stoma and adjust to your new lifestyle. Learn more or how find out how we can help with stoma care at home today.