Is a colostomy a disability?

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asked Jan 23, 2022 in Other- Health by asignedmis (830 points)
Is a colostomy a disability?

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answered Jan 23, 2022 by Douglas24 (800 points)
I'm even not sure about it. But I would be highly glad if you can share some more details about it. Thank you so much for your time.
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answered Jan 23, 2022 by Chambliss (46,100 points)
A colostomy is not considered to be a disability.

That is unless you have other health issues along with the colostomy that causes you to not be able to work.

If you have other health issues and the colostomy makes it so that you cannot hold down a job such as an office job etc then you could qualify for disability payments.

However there are many people who have a colostomy bag and have had a colostomy and still work job.

If your line of work involves manual labor or lots of lifting, your doctor may recommend ways to protect your stoma or colostomy on the job.

Once your doctor says you're ready, consider going back to work.

Some ways you can hide the colostomy bag are by wearing multiple layers of clothes can also help to minimize the visibility of a pouch.

Swimming is often a concern, as those with ostomies feel that the pouch will be highly visible under snug bathing suits.

Again, choosing a bathing suit with dark colors and/or a pattern will help to conceal the pouch.

A colostomy is an opening in the large intestine, or the surgical procedure that creates one.

The opening is formed by drawing the healthy end of the colon through an incision in the anterior abdominal wall and suturing it into place.

Reasons a colostomy is done include: Infection of the abdomen, such as perforated diverticulitis or an abscess.

Injury to the colon or rectum (for example, a gunshot wound).

Partial or complete blockage of the large bowel (intestinal obstruction).

A colostomy bag is a plastic bag that collects fecal matter from the digestive tract through an opening in the abdominal wall called a stoma.

Pooping will be different with a colostomy bag.

Immediately after your surgery, your anus may continue to expel poop and other fluids that were left inside.

But new poop will now exit through your stoma.

Your urine will now exit from a new opening called a stoma and be collected in a pouch.

You won't be able to feel or control your urine as it leaves your body through the stoma, so you will need to wear an ostomy pouching system at all times.

Urine on the stoma will not cause any problems.

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