Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ostomy Problems Daily Activities

Activities of daily living in those with intestinal ostomies include:

  • Bathing and showering with an ostomy:
    • The appliance bag and stoma are not affected by water.
    • You may clean the stoma and change the appliance bag in the shower.
  • Exercise with an ostomy:
    • Avoid contact sports that might injure the stoma.
  • Sexual activity with an ostomy:
    • After 4-6 weeks, you can resume normal sexual activity.
    • Prior to intercourse, the bag should be emptied and rolled up.
  • Traveling with an ostomy:
    • Pack adequate ostomy supplies with you at all times.

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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