After a colostomy, most patients stay in the hospital for 3 to 7 days, with some staying longer if the procedure was done because of an emergency such as injury to the colon or rectum. While in the hospital, the staff helps the patient empty their colostomy bag regularly.
But what happens when you return home from the hospital and have to take care of yourself?
Because of the pain from the wound, it may take several weeks for you to return to your routine and back to enjoying your normal activities. Something as simple as coughing or sneezing may cause pain and fear that your incision will open up.
However, healing from the procedure is one thing – what about getting used to the colostomy bag that collects waste from your body?
While colostomy bags or stoma bags are quite common and are not painful, it does involve a change in lifestyle. After all, you now have a bag that allows your waste to bypass the colon. Adapting to the pouch may take a while getting used to emptying the colostomy bag is where most people need the most direction.
For obvious reasons, there’s a certain eew factor to overcome. Not only do you now have to walk around with a bag that contains your wastes, but you have to drain the pouch regularly.
If you have a drainable pouch, it’s simple enough to empty the bag into a toilet. At some point, you will get used to it and discover a technique that works for you. But what if there isn’t a running toilet anywhere nearby?
Wag Bags Help You Return to Your Favorite Activities
Your doctor will likely recommend that you empty your bag when it’s between 1/3 and ½ full; this means at some point, you may have to empty your pouch as often as you went to the bathroom before your surgery.
Therefore, peeing three times a day or pooping once a day means emptying your bag multiple times a day. The thought of having to drain your colostomy bag that often may be enough to make you think you have to give up outdoor activities that may take you away from running toilets for hours.
However, life with a colostomy bag doesn’t mean you have to slow you down. You don’t have to give up your favorite activities or worry about being miles away from a running toilet. Emptying your colostomy pouch can be as easy as draining its contents into a portable Waste Bag and going on with the rest of your day.
The Brief Relief Disposa-John waste bag is a triple carrier bag that contains a unique blend of polymers and enzymes that break down both liquid and solid wastes and convert them into a deodorized gel. Once you’re done emptying your colostomy pouch contents into the Disposa-John, you can seal it closed and throw it away in any regular trash can.