One of the biggest worries for people who have recently had ostomy surgery is what other people will think.
“Can they smell anything from my pouch?”
“Do they notice my pouch?”
“Who should I tell about my ostomy surgery?”
Most people’s reactions will reflect your own attitude. If you are straightforward and confident about your situation, people will respect that and respond positively.
Time to Face Your Fears
You will become more comfortable with your ostomy pouch over time, and will gain confidence in its ability to retain odors. Here are a few tips to help reduce gas and odor, and lead to increased confidence:
Make sure your pouch is secure.
Odor can occur when there’s a loss of seal at the stoma site or if the tail closure is not clean.
Sensi-Care® String Free Skin Barrier Wipes* create a breathable barrier that protects the skin from damage caused by pouch application. This can help secure the barrier around your stoma.
*Refer to Instructions-for-Use prior to use.
Some food and drinks can help reduce odor, including:
Use odor-control sachets
If you have an ileostomy with liquid output, this product will solidify liquid contents and reduce or eliminate excess gas, which may also lead to a flatter, more discreet pouch.
Stomahesive® Seals can be molded to a variety of shapes to help prevent leakage around the stoma by acting as filler for uneven skin surfaces. This will help you feel more confident that pouch odors are under control.
Support Group Finder
People who have or will have surgery, caregivers, family, friends and medical professionals are invited to attend and benefit from lifelong learning and emotional support. The United Ostomy Associations of Americans (UOAA) has created a user-friendly support group finder to help you find a UOAA Affiliated Support Group (ASG) in your area. The UOAA has approximately 300 affiliated ostomy support groups throughout the United States, providing the opportunity for local support.
Support Group Finder provided by the United Ostomy Associations of Americas, Inc.