Living with a digestive system’s disease, injury, or infection is the biggest challenge, but many people do not want to get a stoma in their abdomen, they think that their life will go to start degrading after this surgery. No wonder this is a challenging phase of anyone’s life who has to go through the ostomy operation. But, it brings comfort and quality in the life of a patient. Imagine spending a life without cancer or any other digestive tract disease, it is a relief. As a patient who will come across a few challenges and adjustments; however, with the time you will overcome all these situations. Moreover, with the guideline and assistance of your medical staff, you can enhance your lifestyle and live a normal life.
Being an ostomy patient, the surgery will have some affects on your living style, diet routine, and psychology, but there are many pre-operative and post-operative psychological sessions for the patients to live a better life and decrease the surgery pressures. Moreover, many organizations offer ostomates classes on upgrading the lifestyle, care routine, hygiene procedures, and emotional tackling after the ostomy operation.
In a pre-operative meeting, the team of ostomy will guide a patient regarding the changes and adjustments in the clothing style, lifestyle, hygiene methods, and changes in the diet. Thus, for every patient attending this session is compulsory. This meeting will guide you about meeting the daily challenges, tackling the stoma appliances, and spent a normal life. Moreover, this session is necessary for your families, they will learn how to deal with the ostomate and what space they need, how to deal with their mood swings and other emotional changes they will endure.
One of the biggest problems or challenges an ostomate face is the selection of the right pouching system for their stoma. Being an ET nurse, you should help your patients in overcoming this problem. You are the one who can assess the right size, shape, and style of the opening, then you teach your ostomy patient what should they wear and from where they can buy these tools. Every stoma does not support a one-piece pouching system, the same is the case with a two-piece pouching system. Many ostomates end up buying the wrong devices for their new organ, it happens because they do not have enough knowledge about the appropriate tools and appearance of their stoma. In the hospital, the surgeon and nurse must guide a patient abut their stoma and if they can wear a one-piece pouching system or two-piece ostomy pouching system.
Patient’s Physical Abilities
Before selecting the appropriate and final ostomy devices for a patient, you should know the physical abilities of the ostomates. Many patients are old or have arthritis disease, they cannot hold a one-piece pouching system or other tools like flanges and barrier. Thus, you should guide them regarding other options and facilities provided by the ostomy organizations and suppliers. Some patients do not hold the scissors; thus, you should provide them the tools that have a pre-opening cut in the pouch. In these devices, a patient does not need a cutter or scissors to make a hole. Therefore, the wear, drain, and take off the ostomy pouching system becomes easy for them.
Emotional and Psychological Adjustments
After having a new organ in the abdomen of a patient, a person has to go through many challenges. It leaves an impact on their mind, emotions, behavior, and lifestyle. They need to tackle these things; thus, they need help and support. The hospital staff is the one who is primarily responsible for guiding them about the changes and adjustments. Guide your ostomates about the regaining of sense of responsibility, control, and managing life.