Ostomy surgery tends to bring a lot of changes in a person's life. Those changes are mainly related to social and domestic dealings. Moreover, ostomates might find the concept of emptying, cleaning, or changing an ostomy bag too overwhelming. However, emptying and cleaning an ostomy bag is a rather convenient task unless your ostomy care nurse suggests a different technique. Even that specific technique gets easier over time.
Ostomy surgery is a procedure that results in the bypassing of the normal pathway used for passing out of urine or feces. The point created to divert those excretory pathways is known as a stoma, which appears on one of three positions on the outer abdominal wall.
Living with a stoma
As the first step, the patient has to learn to live with a stoma after getting discharged. While the instructions for stoma management are more generic, ostomy care staff can tailor them according to the specific requirements of individual patients. Adapting to the post-ostomy surgery life can indeed be a challenge, but one can overcome this challenge by managing ostomy the right way. Ostomy care nurses are there to help in every possible aspect. They also educate new and struggling ostomates to about effective ostomy management.
A significant part of this training involves the use of the right pouch. Based on requirements, an ostomate can opt between disposable and reusable bags.
Emptying a Kock pouch
Kock ileostomy is one of the types of ostomies. Ostomates manage this kind of ostomy with a Kock pouch that comes with a stop valve. This valve is there to prevent consistent leakage of stool from the stoma. The technique of self-catheterization helps ostomates to empty their Kock pouches without fearing for the leakage of stomal output while the bag is not attached. That makes the cleaning of the Kock pouch more convenient.
Emptying and cleaning a drainable pouch
Rectal sphincter is a muscle that helps people control the release of gas. However, people with ostomies are unable to do that as an ostomy bypasses the lower colon, which has rectal sphincter at its opening. It means that ostomates have no control over the release of gas, which can result in embarrassment, fear, and anxiety. As a result, such people prefer avoiding social interactions.
Reasons for flatulence
Abdominal fullness, or bloating, is the top reason we produce flatulence. Bloating results in the excessive movement of gasses that move towards the end of the colon.
It may be worth mentioning that even modern medicine is unable to explain the reason for flatulence in many cases. However, factors that most commonly contribute to the production of flatulence include functional gastrointestinal disorders, psychological disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and aerophagia.
The buildup of gas is a normal process in food digestion. The light pressure created on the stomach due to this buildup prompts a person feeling an urge to release the gas through the rectal sphincter. That person may opt to release or suppress the gas depending on the surrounding situation. However, things remain out of control for ostomates.
What causes flatulence in ostomates?
Below are a few reasons ostomates might produce flatulence.
Tips to avoid excessive movement of gasses
Countering every single reason mentioned above can be plentily helpful in avoiding the production of flatulence. But without the assistance of specific ostomy management supplies, it is almost impossible to gain control over the release of gasses from a stoma. A stoma cannot suppress gasses even of the lowest pressure. Using stiflers is one of the best options to consider. These polyurethane foam stiflers overcome the sound of the gasses while they pass out of the stoma. They also filter the odor, which means that ostomates, who use these stiflers, can walk around and interact with the people in their social circles without fearing for rejection.