At Oakmed, we want to make life as easy as it can be for ostomates, which is why we have a whole section of our website dedicated to offering advice and useful information to the ostomate community. We also post regular blog posts to our website and Facebook page to ensure that our followers have access to help and advice when they need it most.
Our advice section of our website covers a range of different topics, from health and fitness right through to knowing what to expect from stoma surgery. We thought it might be useful to summarise the sections of information available so that you know where to find the information you need.
If you’re suffering from any of the illnesses that are frequently associated with stomas, such as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Cancer, we have a whole section of help and advice to support you in managing these conditions. You can find useful information surrounding the symptoms and causes of these illnesses as well advice on dealing with these issues. So, if you’re suffering from any of these illnesses or would like to know more about them, you can find out more here.
We also publish regular blog posts related to these illnesses, such as Our Advice for Living with IBD.
We understand that stoma surgery can be a scary concept, which is why we have a section on our website that talks you through each stage of your surgery; from preparing for surgery to recovering from it.
So, whether you’re going for stoma surgery soon or you are currently recovering from it, you can find everything you need to know here.
Living with a stoma
Having a stoma is a massive change to a person’s life, but for the majority of people it quickly becomes second nature. Our healthcare specialists have put together their expert advice on living with a stoma, covering areas such as exercising, traveling, eating, drinking and more. You’ll find information on how to manage your diet with a stoma, how to exercise without risking injury and which foods may cause issues. Find out more here.
During these difficult times, we also appreciate that people’s mental health is suffering. If you’re struggling to deal with your stoma, we would recommend speaking to a friend or loved one and telling them how you’re feeling. Alternatively, your stoma nurse or GP will be able to help you. If you’re looking for some advice on how best to manage your mental health as an ostomate, read our advice here.
There are a number of common problems that ostomates may experience, from pancaking and ballooning, to constipation and diarrhoea. We have a common problems section to our website that covers all of the most frequent issues that ostomates may experience. You can find out more here.
We also cover a lot of common issues throughout the blog section on our website, you can read some of our most recent articles here.