Colostomy for Colorectal Cancer
What To Expect After Surgery
A colostomy usually requires Reference general anesthesia Opens New Window and a hospital stay of 3 days to 2 weeks. You may have a colostomy immediately after other surgery. You can expect some discomfort during the first few days after surgery. This is usually controllable with home treatment and drugs.
After the colostomy, a plastic bag called a Reference colostomy pouch Opens New Window is taped over the opening on the outside of your body. You will be taught how to take care of your colostomy pouch and how to watch for infection. With proper care, you should be able to return to normal but nonstrenuous activities within a few months.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 27, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal