What is a prolapsed stoma?
A prolapse is where the stoma lengthens and telescopically protrudes out of itself, sometimes becoming quite large. Whilst the thought of experiencing a prolapsed stoma may feel horrifying, don't panic, as prolapsed stomas are not life threatening.
A prolapsed stoma can occur as a result of straining the muscles surrounding the stoma during heavy lifting and other strenuous activity, or when the muscles surrounding the stoma are weak. It will not usually cause pain or problems with the way your stoma functions, but it may become difficult to fit your stoma bag correctly due to the weight and size of the prolapse. As a result, this may cause bag leaks and skin irritation.
If you are worried that you might have a prolapse, you should seek advice from your Stoma Care Nurse.
Stoma bags and products to help with a prolapse
There are various stoma products available on prescription to help you fit your stoma bag correctly if you have a prolapsed stoma. Freestyle Oval colostomy bag is specifically designed for prolapsed stomas and facilitates maximum adhesion to help prevent leaks. HydroFrame with Manuka honey flange extenders are designed to improve adhesion of any stoma bag, and the Manuka honey may also help to promote healthy skin around the stoma.
If your prolapsed stoma is causing bag leaks and skin irritation, LBF Barrier Film can help to prevent further irritation by forming a transparent film on the skin which protects it from irritation caused by stoma output. Appeel Medical Adhesive Remover can also help you to remove your stoma bag easily and gently, helping to prevent skin irritation and damage caused by the adhesive on stoma bags during removal.