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Why would you need a Colostomy Bag?

A colostomy bag is an important medical device that serves to collect and store waste in patients who have had a portion of their large intestine surgically brought out over the skin of the abdomen for various reasons.

In some cases, this type of surgery may be necessary due to injury or illness and can help individuals improve their quality of life.

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Understanding Why Someone May Need a Colostomy Bag?

A colostomy bag may be necessary for people who have an issue with their rectum or colon that needs to be addressed. This could be inflammatory bowel disease, injury, perforation,blockage or cancer.

While these issues in themselves need to be treated in a specific manner- the colostomy diverts the fecal matter away from the site of concern and thus provides rest to the concerned site while enabling the patient to continue with oral feeding. 

The procedure may be done as either an emergency measure or as a preventative measure to prevent or reduce the risk of complications.

Benefits of Using a Colostomy Bag

Having a colostomy bag can help improve quality of life in patients suffering from serious illnesses by reducing pain and other symptoms associated with the condition.

Since a colostomy diverts fecal matter to the exterior – the portion of the large intestine that lies beyond the stoma gets time to rest and  heal.

The colostomy helps  to reduce the infection and inflammation in case of inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis and perforations.

Colostomy gives  adequate time for the joined segments of the large bowel to heal in case of rectal or colon cancer surgery. 

When a colostomy is done to relieve a blocked large intestine ( rectal cancer) , patients can quickly resume feeding and regain health. 

It also allows them greater mobility and independence as they no longer have to rely on regular access to bathroom facilities.

Managing Life with a Colostomy Bag

Having a colostomy bag means learning how to take care of yourself and your device so that you can continue living your life as normally as possible while being mindful of any changes you experience along the way.

Talk openly with your doctor about any challenges you face when managing your colostomy bag so they can provide resources or advice on how best to handle specific situations – both physical and emotional – related to living with a colostomy bag.

Some tips include-

  • Avoiding foods that cause gas build-up
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes
  • Keeping your skin clean
  • Checking regularly for signs of infection
  • Finding support networks both online and through local organizations
  • Setting realistic goals for daily activity levels
  • Finding activities you enjoy outside your home
  • And seeking help from mental health professionals if needed.

For compassionate care and expert guidance, consult Dr. Praveen Kammar, Best Cancer Surgeon in Mumbai for colostomy concerns. Take the first step towards a healthier life now!


Living with a colostomy bag does not have to mean putting your life on hold – with proper care and maintenance you can still live independently and happily without fear of embarrassment or discomfort .

While dealing with this type procedure may seem daunting, taking steps towards educating yourself properly & arming yourself with all available tools makes the journey easier.

Make sure to discuss long term plans concerning your colostomy. Keep in touch with your doctor regularly to update yourself with best practices for max benefit out of the device .

Talking openly about experiences ,connecting with effective support groups & reaching out to troubleshoot are all great ways to ensure a healthy living.


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    Dr. Praveen Kammar

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    Dr. Praveen Kammar is a Best Surgical Oncologist in Mumbai. His main area of expertise aslso includes GI oncology, Gynecological cancers, minimal access surgeries, Robotics surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, HIPEC.

    Dr. Praveen has done more than 6000+ surgeries in his expertise.

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