I had an ileostomy on Feb. 2nd due to colonic inertia and pelvic floor issues. Before the surgery, I was probably a little over-the-edge with saunas because I couldn't stand the thought of what was happening with all the toxins since I was only able to go to the bathroom every couple of weeks or so. Now, I'm noticing a bit of a muffin-top starting and want to nip it in the bud. I would like to do my workout and finish with a sauna. One of the ostomy/wound nurses told me to be careful with hot water or the heating pad because I could scald the stoma. I like to take 30 minutes at around 150°F. I took one last week without the appliance on because I'm having a little trouble with the skin around the stoma. I thought it would feel good to be without it, and it DID. I kept a wet washcloth and paper towel to keep it cleaned up. I know I won't get extended wear with the appliance, which is fine because I'm changing every other day (2 at the very most) until I can get the skin cleared up.
Thanks for your thoughts, Vicki