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  • All You Need to Know about Stoma Paste

    Ostomy leakage is a problem that all people who have a stoma will encounter at some point. For many people, ostomy leakage is a common problem in the early weeks and months of adapting to life with a stoma. Ostomy leakages can be very messy and profoundly impact a stomate's self-confidence, especially in public situations where there may not be appropriate facilities to deal with leakage. Continue reading

  • What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

    As humans, we all have one thing in common: We are all made up of 206 bones, with muscles and ligaments that holds us together. If you have suffered an injury or ailment that has affected your bones, joints or muscles, you can benefit from the services of a skilled orthopedic physical therapist. Continue reading

  • 12 Ways to Improve Orthopedic Health for Seniors

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    Orthopedic health is a central component of overall physical health and well-being for seniors. The field of orthopedics includes anything that has to do with the bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissues of the human body. Continue reading

  • Why We Love Hospital Socks

    Hospital socks are much loved by patients, family members, nurses and almost every other person who encounters them in the hospital setting, whether as a professional or visitor. Everyone can attest to their comfort and the protection these socks provide.

    Whether you refer to them as slipper socks, hospital socks or something else altogether, these socks cheer up even the grumpiest of people. Continue reading

  • The Most Common Orthopedic Surgeries in Seniors

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    Orthopedic surgeries are among the most common surgical procedures across all age groups, yet are especially prevalent among older adults. From young people who tear ligaments in sports to older adults with persistent knee pain who require a joint replacement, orthopedic surgeries improve the lives of all types of people. Continue reading

  • Tips on Combating Dementia Symptoms with Essential Oils

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    Dementia, a mental disorder that affects our loved ones as they age, is a serious and heartbreaking condition that touches an estimated 1 in 9 individuals over 65. It is the result of a degeneration of the brain cells and can manifest itself in a number of ways including memory loss.

    Continue reading

  • 8 Secrets You Didn't Know About Incontinence and Pregnancy

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    When you're expecting, your body undergoes tremendous changes. While most are lovely, such as feeling your baby move for the first time, there can be some uncomfortable moments. One such moment is involuntary urine leakage when you cough, laugh, sneeze, exercise, or even lift something. Continue reading

  • The Difference between Overactive Bladder and Urinary Incontinence

    It can be awkward when the body does not function the way it's supposed to, regardless of age. Urinary difficulties and leakages can be especially awkward because they can be visible. Continue reading

  • 11 Things to Know About Ostomy Bags That You're Too Afraid to Ask

    Some medical treatments seem more disruptive to a normal life than others, and how one handles them reveals a lot about the person. Cancer patients may wear colorful scarves during treatment. Post eye surgery, a man may rock an eye-patch with a cover that match his ties. People adapt and learn how to take their difficulties in stride, always attempting to better themselves and look to the future.

    One of these awkward and disruptive treatments is wearing an ostomy bag after surgery. Whether it's a temporary or permanent ostomy, people might think they can interfere with normal activities.

    Here are 11 things patients, family, and friends should know about ostomy bags.

    1. Life will be pretty much normal after recovery

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    After you have recovered from your surgery, life will return mostly to normal. You'll be able to go to work, be with your family, eat and drink, and indulge in your favorite activities pretty much the same as before.

    In fact, you may be able to enjoy things even more, since you will not have the pain and other discomforts you had before the surgery.

    2. Your diet will probably not have to change much

    In general, you will not need to change your diet very much. Most foods do not pose complications for your ostomy and your bag. Obviously, if your physician advises against certain foods, you should follow his advice.

    Some foods need to be limited, however, and many of them are high-fiber foods. Raw vegetables, fruit skins, corn (and popcorn), nuts and seeds are prominent on the list of foods to keep limited. Some foods are helpful, including yogurt, sticky white rice, and bananas.

    3. There's no shame in the bag

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    While you don't need to get a t-shirt celebrating it, don't be shy about telling people you're close to or who might need to know. Family and friends need to know, especially to understand any dietary adjustments you might have. Employers and colleagues may also need to know because of the occasional urgent need to empty the bag.

    If you are an active outdoorsy person, hiding your bag during the summer can become slightly more difficult, but not impossible. While it's possible to buy clothing made with ostomy bags in mind, many wear the ordinary wardrobe from before surgery.

    4. Have a sense of humor

    Maintaining a sense of humor is important when dealing with any issue, health or otherwise. Allowing your bag to be a source of humor will keep your spirits up. Endless options for bag covers are available in fun and elegant prints.

    5. Your clothes will fit

    While many items of clothing adapted to carry or hide ostomy bags are available, most normal clothing will fit. Be careful of belts and tight clothing, especially if your ostomy is on your waist. Most people, however, will not need to complete a full overhaul of their wardrobes.

    6. You will still have a sex life

    Ostomates can have fulfilling sex lives after surgery. The biggest challenge is getting through your concerns, and this process requires open communication.

    If you plan to date after surgery, you will need to come up with a strategy to let potential partners know about your ostomy bag.

    7. The ostomy will not affect your career prospects

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    If you are a young ostomate, you may be concerned you will be unable to pursue your interests.

    Don't worry. You can have a full career. You can even travel, work, and live abroad, even in developing countries. Making sure you know how to care for yourself is, of course, key.

    8. Showering and bathing with the bag are not difficult

    You may keep the bag on, or take it off to make sure the stoma is clean. Soap and water will not pose a problem, although you will probably want to avoid scented soaps. Choose a time when bowel activity is low.

    9. Emptying the bag is easy

    Expect to take 4-6 trips to the bathroom daily for bag-emptying. You may find it easier to use the handicapped stall in a public restroom because it gives you more space for navigating clothing and the bag. While there's no one way to empty the bag, most will find it easier to do so sitting down.

    10. The appliance should be changed often

    You should expect to change the ostomy supplies every 3-6 days, although brands may vary. The skin may be damaged either by too frequent or too seldom a change.

    11. Be aware of the danger signs of problems

    Most of the time, ostomates will have few problems with their ostomy. You should be aware, however, of some signs that there is a problem.

    Severe cramps over several hours, bleeding at the stoma, skin irritation, watery discharge lasting more than five or six hours, and no output for a similar time (especially with cramps) are all signs you should contact an ostomy nurse or your doctor.

  • Our Best Nephrostomy Bags

    There are numerous reasons someone would need a nephrostomy bag because nephrostomy serves several purposes. The most common purpose is to drain urine if the ureter has an obstruction that cannot be reached through retrograde access. Nephrostomy can also reach the upper urinary tract for endourologic procedures, send chemotherapy to the renal collection system, and diagnose issues such as obstructions and congenital abnormalities. Continue reading

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