What Is A Prolapsed Stoma
Can a stoma go back inside?
A retracted stoma is where the stoma no longer lies on the abdominal wall, but appears sunken or in a dip. This type of stoma is relatively common, and can pose occasional challenges. Leakage, sore skin and difficulties with appliance management sometimes result from having a retracted stoma.
Is prolapsed stoma normal?
The amount of protruding bowel can vary from 2-3cm to more than 10cm. Although when this first happens it can be very distressing and frightening it is usually not serious. However, a review by a stoma care nurse is essential. A prolapse can occur in any stoma type but is more common in loop stomas.
How do you prevent a prolapsed stoma?
Use the palm of your hand to apply gentle pressure to the stoma, very gently pushing it back into its usual position. 2. Another alternative is to apply a cold compress to the stoma with your pouch on. Then try to reduce the stoma again using the palm of your hand.
What does a prolapse stoma look like?
The stoma can become dark red or purple, or sometimes a very pale pink, and may be cool to touch. You may also notice that your stoma does not function as well with a prolapse, potentially causing signs of an obstruction.
How do you stop a stoma prolapse?
Lying down may reduce the size of the prolapse, and may make it easier to apply your bag. In some cases the use of a support belt, applied whilst lying down, can be effective in managing the prolapse. Your Stoma Care Nurse can advise you on the use of a support garment or ostomy belt.
Can you live with prolapsed stoma?
A prolapse of the stoma can be quite alarming if it happens to you! Try not to panic, it is not life threatening. The good news is the majority of prolapses can be treated without surgery. It is a common late complication following stoma formation.
What makes a stoma prolapse?
A prolapsed stoma can occur as a result of straining the muscles surrounding the stoma during heavy lifting and other strenuous activity, or when the muscles surrounding the stoma are weak.
What does a stoma hernia look like?
A stoma hernia resembles a bulge or a lump. Many people describe it a looking like a “golf ball” or a “grapefruit” behind their stoma. Having a hernia can cause your stoma to look more pronounced and potentially change shape, it may also appear larger or flatter than it did before the hernia.