Bathing After Surgery....

Hi Everyone - My mom's surgery was successful, and she has been home from the hospital for almost a week. My sister has stayed with her this week, and I am taking over next week, if necessary. Her question was regarding showering. She's had a home health nurse visiting her and was told that when she showers that she should use something like "press and seal" (saran wrap) over the bag and tape around the edges of it when she showers to prevent the bag from "unsticking." She took a shower in the hospital and this wasn't done. So mom wonders if this is really practical every time she showers from here on? Just wondering how others deal with showers, if you do anything like this each time you shower, or if you have run into "unsticking" problems if you didn't follow this procedure each time you shower. Thanks for your input and have a great day all. Mary

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I have bee living with my bag for 4 1/2 years and never covered it up. I go swimming and snorkeling with no problems. Tell your mom to ignor that advice.
Nancy

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I agree with Nancy. Haven't had any problems showering without covering the bag.

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I have an ileal conduit with a bag and have never had to wrap myself with anything while showering. Nothing has ever come unstuck or unglued. All of the literature I have read states that you can shower with the bag on.

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Thanks - This is what she thought. She is in her 80s and lost weight during the last year, so has loose skin and wrinkles. She had some problems in the hospital with leakage, but the nurse troubleshot with her and it seems they worked the problem out prior to being discharged. I'll pass this along. :-) Mary

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Thx. Three of you seem to agree. I'm sure she'll be pleased to hear this. Appreciate the advice :-) Mary

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Thx John - She's just getting used to a new way of life - I'd take the advice of you guys over a nurse who hasn't gone through this any day. I truly appreciate the advice and support I've gotten here over the last year as she has gone through all of this. At least everything they removed from her showed no signs of cancer, so appears the chemo/surgery did it's job. I think in a few weeks, she'll be running circles around me again - even tho she is in her 80s :-) Mary

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Me too. No leaks. Shower with or without the bag. There is often residual moisture from the outside rim tape that makes you think it's a leak but it isn't usually.

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I shower with the pouch on and once a week without. When I leave it on the barrier gets wet but easily is toweled dry, especially with a hair dryer. I wouldn't try this procedure more than a couple of times though before putting on a fresh pouch and barrier.
I've heard of some swimming and bicycling with pouch on. I don't see why not as long as it is secure, but not in steam room or a hot tub. No way.

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Even hot tubs are ok. Like the others, I shower, swim, ride my bike, run, hike, even snorkeled and do whatever I want without worrying about my pouch. Unfortunately, many home care nurses know little about urostomies and the use of pouches. Below I have listed the major manufacturers of ostomy products so that you can call and get samples for your mom to try out. they will be happy to send them to you because they want your business. Be sure to ask for both one and two piece pouches and flat as well as convex.

Good luck!

Pat

http://www.convatec.com/en/cvtus-homeus/cvt-home/0/home/0/393/0/home-.html/ default.html
http://www.coloplast.com/
http://www.hollister.com/
http://www.marlenmfg.com/
http://nu-hope.com/
http://cymedostomy.com/home.html

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Katuha/Richichka/Pat - Thanks so much for the info. Everyone seems to be in agreement here. And true, I'd take your advice over an ostomy nurse who "hasn't been there!" I've passed everyone's posts along to my mom.

And thanks for the links Pat - I've passed those along as well. Mary :-)

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Thx - and especially for the links. I think after a few weeks have passed and this begins to become a memory - all this will come natural to her. We're just at the figuring out stage now...and getting advice like this person gave mom sounded odd to her, so I told her I know people who KNOW :-) Appreciate the feedback, the support, the friendship, and advice. Mary :-)

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I have been swimming in hot springs in Alaska and there was no problem! It was very hot too. Everyone has leaks in the beginning until you find the right system for you. Use the links that Pat gave you. They will all send you samples to try and they have experts that you can talk with to help solve any ongoing problems. They were more helpful than my ostomy nurse but mine was not very experienced. There are some good ones out there.
Hugs,
Nancy

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Mary-
My husband is 9 weeks post-op from his RC&P at UNC...very few problems with Hollister one-piece. No problems at all showering with bag on...that is what he prefers. As some others have said, simple is best. Ostomy nurse at UNC was experienced and wonderful...have had no need for visiting nurse since we have been home.

Good luck with your week, and keep in touch- Linda

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