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Subject:scarring at ostomy and difficulty cath.

I have difficulty in cathing as my ostomy in umbilicus is very hard and the opening small. I use a #14 coute, and its curve and hard tip are very good. However, I still at times have difficulty as the tip of the cath bends. I also use straight caths sometimes as the coutes don't work. Any suggestions?


Posted: 07 Feb 2011 10:44 AM
Originally Posted: 07 Feb 2011 10:43 AM
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Lhearn

Lhearn

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Subject:scarring at ostomy and difficulty cath.

It would be best to have your stoma re-assessed by your surgeon who performed the procedure and a WOC nurse as you are using the proper equipment a #14 French Coude tip catheter or a #14 French straight catheter.  The hard area around your stoma maybe scar tissue which your surgeon could break up or soften by dilating your stoma.


Posted: 08 Feb 2011 11:55 AM
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Anonymous
Subject:scarring at ostomy and difficulty cath.

Best way to avoid difficult catheterrization is to relax all abdomen muscles as much as possible. Typically, if you try in a lying down position it will be much easier to relax the stomach muscles. If that is not possible, use a chair and relax as much as possible. I have known people use even a 26gauge Folley straight or coude.
I myself has had difficult catherization at times but unfortunately I have no medical degree to honestly suggest anything on this subject. Please treat the above statements as such. Hope this helps.


Posted: 11 Feb 2011 11:34 AM
Originally Posted: 11 Feb 2011 11:31 AM
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