This page is for photographs of my stoma and fistulas to help keep track of changes with them and to show others what I have/had. They are not for the faint hearted! ( you have been warned)
Please do not be offended by these photos, they are what I live with everyday and are not going to hurt you. If you think it’s gross and you would rather die than have a stoma (which believe it or not I have heard people say) then I seriously think you need to sort your priorities out! Despite the cons that come with having a stoma and/or fistulas, for many people they are the thing that has stopped you dying! I’m proud to be a person with a stoma. I may hide my bag under my clothes but that doesn’t mean I’m not proud to have it.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are going to have a stoma or having bowel surgery or anything like that in the future or just had it – that doesn’t mean you’re going to end up like I have! I am a rare case! Most people who have surgery to form stomas are straight forward – problem solved cases. Please don’t worry thinking you’re going to have the same problems as me! You might get a fistula, people do! But I doubt you will get surgical problems like I have. So please don’t panic/freak out! If you have questions about your surgery, talk to your surgeon, colorectal nurse, stoma nurse, GP, a support group or you can even talk to me if you want. I’m always here to help!
Well, let’s start at the beginning!
[Please note, most photographs are taken during bag/dressing changes so some photos will be a bit more yucky looking than the rest!]
[Hover your mouse over the photo for the month/year it was taken]
Well, I would, but I don’t have any photos of my original stoma (2008-2009) anymore! I must of deleted them.
In 2010 I had three abdominal fistulas.
These fistulas were contained within 3 bags, and the temporary fistula (next to my belly button) was contained with a dressing until it healed up. I had these fistulas from November 2009 until December 2010.
Photo’s from my BIG surgery in December 2010.
This is my stapled up scar from the first operation I had in Dec 2010. I had an ileostomy also, but it wasn’t included in the photo.
Next: After being rushed back into surgery, 10 days after the first operation, three times (i think) for more surgery and wash outs, I was left with an high output ileostomy (due to there only being one metre between my stomach and the stoma end) and 5 abdominal drains.
Without the drains in:
Home, from 10 months in hospital, for good!
- check out dem hips yo. OCT 2012.
So there you have all of the yucky shots of my fistula progression over the past three/four years.