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Complications

How to avoid leakage, skin problems and other complications.

Common skin problems

Common skin problems

A short list of the most commonly occurring skin problems. Remember, with proper treatment and care, most skin problems can be solved before they develop into something more serious.

Symptoms of leakage

Symptoms of leakage

How to spot leakage and how it is different from mechanical irritation and other complications.

Changes to your stoma

Changes to your stoma

Are you experiencing a change in shape or size to your stoma?

Ken: My tips for ostomy skin care

Ken: My tips for ostomy skin care

How Ken went from having sore and patchy skin to finding the recipe for healthy skin.

Wendy: Coping with pancaking

Wendy: Coping with pancaking

Nobody had ever told Wendy about the phenomenon known as pancaking. This is when output is collected around the stoma instead of dropping down into the pouch.

What is ballooning?

What is ballooning?

A short explanation of ostomy ballooning and a few tips on how to tackle this problem.

Dealing with bulges

Dealing with bulges

Understanding how a bulge can form after the ostomy surgery and what to do when it appears allows you to react on time.

What is a hernia?

What is a hernia?

Having a stoma formed, means a section of your bowel has been brought out through an incision (cut) in your abdominal wall to create the stoma. For some people, this opening causes a potential weakness in the area around the stoma, this leads to the abdominal muscles being able to bulge out forming a lump or swelling immediately around/next to the stoma. This is very common and is called a parastomal hernia.

Leakage Troubleshooter

Experiencing leakage from your ostomy appliance? Ask these questions in order to figure out what may be causing the leakage - and what may be the solution. And if that doesn’t work, never hesitate to consult your stoma care nurse.

Colostomy leakage

Colostomy leakage

Try the Troubleshooter to identify the cause of leakage from your colostomy and find a solution.

Ileostomy leakage

Ileostomy leakage

Try the Troubleshooter to identify the cause of leakage from your ileostomy and find a solution.

Urostomy leakage

Urostomy leakage

Try the Troubleshooter to identify the cause of leakage from your urostomy and find a solution.

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