Recently, I had my second prolapse at home. The first time it happened I was in the hospital and had a stoma revision on May 16. Anyway, it’s been over a month and it happened at home on Friday. Luckily, I got my ostomy nurse on the phone and she instructed be to use the ostomy powder and to reduce, push my telescoped small intestines back into my abdomen. My efforts were successful, but now I’m terrified it’s going to keep happening. I want to live my life and feel comfortable leaving my house or going for a walk or being intimate with my boyfriend. Does anyone have an advice how to prevent this from happening again other than not lifting anything heavier than 5 pounds? I’d really appreciate some advice.
Just had surgery for mine with colostomy! It prolapsed 5” ! Had it for 1 year! When intimate, used 6” support belt to hold it one! Surgeon said, it just happens!
Sorry to hear that you are having a problem with prolapsing. It can be a very disturbing and worrying condition as well as being a nuisance.
This topic has come up several times over the years and the correspondence can be found in ‘collections’ under ‘Ostomy-related Complications’.
I have experimented with a number of things to try to prevent this happening but am reluctant to share them with a general audience as some of them were downright dangerous and others were successful – only because I have a colostomy and irrigate, which means I don’t have to worry about output during the day.
Below are three post on the subject but I had to scroll down a long way before I found them again – so be patient.
(found in ‘collections’ under ‘Ostomy-related Complications’. )
posted by Carlson
posted by wend
posted by honestabe
Thank you so much for writing me and for searching for those posts. I’m definitely going to look into finding them because like you said prolapsing is a real nuisance and I’m desperate for some answers. I feel like my ostomy nurse didn’t have much to offer in the way of prevention. Her answer was that it’s just chronic in some patients, which I found very discouraging. Anyway, thanks again for your help.