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Figuring out what to wear with a new ostomy can be a challenge. A big factor is stoma placement. For stomas below the waistline, dressing is a little less of a challenge. A stoma above the waistline requires more attention.
Initially, after surgery, your belly will be distended and tender. Most are wearing loose, lounging-type clothes for the first few weeks. As the swelling resolves, you will likely find you have lost a little weight. The average weight loss with major surgery is about 10 lbs. Your body is working overtime and utilizing calories for healing. After 3-4 weeks, you will settle and gain the weight back.
Don’t discard clothing in your closet right away. Give yourself time to heal and feel comfortable with your new ostomy. You may find many clothes you have can be modified to work with your ostomy.
This is the number one concern of every ostomate. Remember, looking down at your abdomen, you will see the ostomy pouch bulge, but those looking at you see things from a very different angle. Here are a few tips:
Protective garments are available for those at risk of injuring the stoma or having parastomal hernias.
Dressing with an ostomy is something ostomates must learn. You can be stylish and unique in what you wear and how you use your wardrobe without spending a lot of money.
Ultimately, it is about what works for you and keeps you comfortable.
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Christine Kijek is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She has completed courses for wound and ostomy specialty and has 20 years of experience. She has been ...
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