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April is IBS Awareness Month: Understanding the Link to Ostomies

Posted by Fortis Medical Products  on April 17, 2024

Did you know that April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month? At Fortis Medical Products, we understand the challenges people with digestive issues face. While IBS and ostomies are distinct conditions, they can sometimes be connected. Let's delve deeper into IBS, its relation to ostomies, and how Fortis products can offer support.

Understanding IBS

IBS is a chronic condition affecting the large intestine. It causes abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. While the exact cause remains unknown, factors like stress, diet, and gut bacteria imbalance can contribute. Although not life-threatening, IBS can significantly impact quality of life.

The IBS-Ostomy Connection

While uncommon, IBS can sometimes lead to an ostomy procedure. This surgery creates an opening (stoma) on the abdomen, diverting waste from a diseased or dysfunctional section of the bowel. There are different types of ostomies, each serving a specific purpose.

Here's how IBS might be linked:

  • Severe IBS: In rare cases, severe, uncontrolled IBS can cause complications like bowel obstruction or bleeding. Surgery to remove a damaged portion of the bowel might then be necessary, resulting in an ostomy.
  • Failed Medical Management: If medication and lifestyle changes don't manage IBS effectively, an ostomy can offer relief by diverting waste and reducing symptoms.

Living with an Ostomy

People with ostomies wear pouches that collect waste leaving the stoma. While this might seem daunting, advancements in ostomy products have made life easier.

Fortis and Ostomy Care

At Fortis Medical Products, we offer a range of ostomy care products designed for comfort, discretion, and security. These include:

  • Drainable Pouches: Our pouches come in various sizes and styles to suit individual needs and stoma types.
  • Skin Barriers: These protect the skin around the stoma from irritation caused by pouch drainage.
  • Ostomy Accessories: Fortis offers a variety of accessories like belts, wraps, and cleaners to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

Living Well with IBS or an Ostomy

IBS Awareness Month is a reminder that you're not alone. There are resources and support available.

  • Talk to your doctor: Open communication is key to managing IBS and exploring treatment options, including surgery if necessary.
  • Connect with support groups: Sharing experiences with others who understand can be incredibly helpful.
  • Focus on healthy habits: Diet, exercise, and stress management can significantly improve IBS symptoms.

For those living with an ostomy, Fortis Medical Products is here to help.  Our products and educational resources can empower you to manage your condition effectively and live a fulfilling life. For more information, please give us a call at 855-550-2600.

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