Answer: With a stoma, you can usually do your normal activities, but you will have to watch for skin soreness and be aware of your diet. Changes to your diet might be necessary. The ostomy pouches do not allow gas or stool to leak out, and should not break when worn correctly.
It is necessary to empty the ostomy pouch when it is about one-third full. The pouch should be changed every two to four days, or as your doctor tells you.It is best to see an internist or gastroenterologist to evaluate these concerns. Dr. Farzana Rashid will be available for appointments beginning in November at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and at Penn Medicine Radnor. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rashid or another Penn gastroenterologist, please call 800-789-PENN (7366) or request an appointment online.