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What to wear with a midline colostomy

Thu Jul 28, 2022 2:31 pm
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I  am new to this. Just two weeks out from surgery, I have a stoma located midline(above my belly button, between the rib cage). I am a jeans -tee shirt type of gal, and I am having a hard time with finding any pants to wear that look like they might work. I don’t want the stoma to be blocked, or squeeze the bag so it won’t fill properly. Does anyone have any suggestions for this? Please let me know if you can help me with any ideas. 
Thank you.

Thu Jul 28, 2022 8:09 pm

Do you have a colostomy or ileostomy? 

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Thu Jul 28, 2022 8:51 pm

A colostomy 

Fri Jul 29, 2022 12:08 am

Hello Catcando3.

I would look into the possibility of using irrigation at the earliest opportunity. This technique ( if successful) will free you from the need to wear a bag during the day and replace it with a plug, a patch or , if you're lucky, nothing at all. You will be able to wear whatever you like and the management of your stoma will be much easier. 

I was told that I needed to wait for 6 weeks after my surgery before I could irrigate but other's have been given different advice depending upon their circumstances.  It will pay to check with your stoma nurse and there are lots of videos and advice about irrigation on the WWW. (and on this site under 'Collections').

Best wishes 

Bill

Fri Jul 29, 2022 7:08 am

Skinny jeans are still in style (but maybe not for long) and I love them with a longer tee - any tight fitting stretch pants are great as well 

also the latest thing in style is a skort (second time around) just bought one the other day - very comfortable even if I haven’t followed my own advice which is “if you’re old enough to remember it, you’re too old to wear it ! LOL

Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:47 am

how about fancy overalls with just one strap fashioned?

Fri Jul 29, 2022 12:20 pm


Catcando3 wrote:

A colostomy 

What Bill said is what I would have said. Irrigation is the way.

Fri Jul 29, 2022 2:52 pm

Mesh basketball shorts and a t shirt, what else is there? 😬😁

Sat Jul 30, 2022 3:03 am

even with irrigation would'nt you still have the same midline (belt) problem???

Sun Jul 31, 2022 4:25 pm

High rise jeans - Gloria Vanderbilt (Amanda style) Express, Levi's all have very hi waisted jeans in all styles ( bootcut, straight leg, etc...)

Sun Jul 31, 2022 8:33 pm

Check the company ostomysecrets.com for wraps and high waisted items.

Mon Aug 01, 2022 1:00 am


patrickrichardson1946 wrote:

even with irrigation would'nt you still have the same midline (belt) problem???

Hello Patrick.

Thanks for your question, as it is these type of things that people think about when contemplating trying out new ideas. 

One of the many  positive outcomes from using irrigation successfully is that we don't have output during the day. This allows us to simply cover up the stoma in some way and do (or wear) whatever we like.

In my case, I have a parastomal hernia,  which I don't want to get any worse so I wear a stoma plug and both a hernia waistband and a tight outer belt with a hard buckle that sits over the stoma site so that it  exerts extra pressure on the stoma throughout the day. It is the fact that I don't have output that allows me to do this and I am so grateful for opportunity to experiment in such ways. 

I hope this goes some way to answering your question but please feel free to ask some more if there is anything else you wish to know.

Best wishes

Bill 

Mon Aug 01, 2022 3:02 am

  I ha ve my ileostomy for more than 60 years, and back in the day.....   I was even   visited newbies .....as did other with ilostomy or colostomy......at a doctor's request.   Those were the days before stoma  nurses...     I was luck enough to have a perfectly placed ileostomy, but I know others who had mid line , above the waiste colostomies...    My ex husban d   had a very long stoma that hung into the pouch, and would get very irritated...   Placement, and size was not  " uniform"...    In my case.....I have a  very low waistline....and my ostomy is b elow that....   almost in line with my hip bone...   So  I was never ab le to wear fitted  slacks/  jeans with zippers......and even today,  the w aistline of  pull on pants come up  to jusst under my boobs...   The best fit for me, was empire waiste dresses......    circa 1968...      I made due with m y " distorted" shape, by learning to sew,  and by wearing   stretcy b riefs ( panties)  just to keep  my pouch, close to my body.    One guy I knew,   had his colostomy placed midline, over his belly button, and he fashioned an light elasted " wrap"   to hold his  small protective poouch in place.....    Irrigation is a great idea for  you,    so all you'd need is one of t he small/   no spout   pouch......to j ust cover t he stoma....    You'd irrigate every day or two......and then replace the small pouch...   But if  you do have output during the day, and need a po uch with a spout,   look into Ostomy secrets......   or perhaps a light stretchy  long line bra.....   or fashion a wrap on y our own,  using v elcro...   Those are just a few suggestions....    I wo uld ask y our surgeon,  his rationale for placing the stoma in such  an awkward position..   Sometimes,   it has to b e done that way.....if there are problems with other positions..    I really need a  " revision"   but the doctors are reluctant to do it, since  by belly is a roadmap of scars...   and no place to reset the stoma without problems...     You  could also ask a dressmaker/ seamstress,   to help you   create a support that works for you...   Best of luck   Marsha

Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:26 am


Bill wrote:

Hello Patrick.

Thanks for your question, as it is these type of things that people think about when contemplating trying out new ideas. 

One of the many  positive outcomes from using irrigation...

I hope your going to get your hernia fixed. I have one and it will be operated on Wednesday 3rd August this week. I will also be getting cancer removed from my right kidney so two surgeons operating together. A parastomal Hernia will only get worse if you don't get it fixed.

Mon Aug 01, 2022 1:53 pm


Bill wrote:

Hello Patrick.

Thanks for your question, as it is these type of things that people think about when contemplating trying out new ideas. 

One of the many  positive outcomes from using irrigation...

thanks for the info bill yours is the answer i was hoping for. tomorrow i attend my local stoma clinic and will be discussing irrigation with them.  patrick

Mon Aug 01, 2022 5:55 pm


patrickrichardson1946 wrote:

even with irrigation would'nt you still have the same midline (belt) problem???

Yes, I would. 

Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:58 pm

Cat… why not look into casual linen or cotton  pants that have the ruffle elastic waist.   They are very popular now.  You can roll them up for a sporty look or leave the hem down.   I don’t know if this helps?  Might be worth a try?   Good luck 🍀!!!!

Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:21 pm

Bike shorts! And men’s boxers at night. I only like dresses these days. Good luck.

Mon Aug 08, 2022 7:01 pm


betsyb wrote:

Bike shorts! And men’s boxers at night. I only like dresses these days. Good luck.

I love my dresses as well

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