In the months and years following your operation, you may notice certain changes to your body. These changes can include:
- Weight gain or loss as you recover from the illness that caused the operation
- Fold or scarring of the skin around your stoma
- Hernia development connected to your stoma
As these changes occur, it’s important that you make sure your stoma pouch continues to provide the right fit.
A tight seal between the pouch and your skin is essential to good stoma care. If, for example, the area around your stoma changes from being regular to being more inwards, it may be time to switch to a convex pouch. You may also need to use additional accessories.
Our online self-assessment tool, BodyCheck, will help you figure out your current body profile and whether your body has changed significantly. It has suggestions for the right pouches and accessories for you.
It’s a good idea to consult with your stoma care nurse about pouch fit and accessories.