LK 130Prostate Cancer with a twist
In 2010, Joseph Salisz was a 51 year old urologist. Ironically, he was discovered to have a very aggressive prostate cancer, and X-rays showed the likelihood of bladder involvement. An aggressive urologist performed entire bladder and prostate removal. To "re-plumb" hia urinary tract, I had urinary diversion through ureteroileostomy or "urostomy".
Although he had performed this exact surgery on many patients during my career, little did he know the impact those patients must have suffered. A change in "body image" was expected. But patients with ostomies (ostomates) commonly disengage from society because of intolerance of their new plumbing. With noisy odorous appliances strapped to their abdomens, they either search for solutions or they hide. They have to deal with leaks and "blow-outs" of waste products. Perspiration and water from bathing collects under the plastic bag masquerading as a leak and breaking down the skin, as well as causing yeast infections. The bright red new "anus" on their side is visible through plastic devices intended to catch urine or stool. This decreased sense of security leads to early retirement on disability, discontinuation from active lifestyle, avoidance of intimacy, and dropping from mainstream. Surgeons create 100,000 new ostomates in the US per year.
People with similar problems join community groups such as "Great Comebacks" which was begun heroically by an ostomate who thought he might have to end his career as place kicker for the NFL. Girls with Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome can connect with a support group called "Girls With Guts". Joseph Salisz's community sought to help him continue to practice medicine and to maintain his active lifestyle. Joseph, joined by a group of fellow ostomates, started a group called MED 5 that has invented a stoma cover made of a proprietary fabric that is impregnated with odor adsorbing carbon, and an indelible antimicrobial. The greatest property of this cover is its odor reduction capacity, but it is also "breathable", therefore allowing perspiration and wetness after bathing to wick away preventing the sensation of wetness. It muffles the scrunchy sound of a hug and covers the red ostomy from direct vision when changing clothes or during intimacy. The irony of a urologist contracting prostate cancer has led to the assembly of a 6 member team that has perfected this device and has trademarked it under the name StomaCloak.
Joseph A Salisz is a 55 year old husband, father, urologist, outdoor activist, and cancer survivor. Due to a cancer operation, his re-plumbed urinary tract required an ostomy and thus an appliance bag on his side. He quickly realized the many troubles that bother ostomates, and his position as a patient has evolved into a position of advocate and inventor. With a team of colleagues, he worked with a team to help develop the appliance cover StomaCloak to help ostomates return to active daily life.