Frequently Asked Questions on Post-Operative System

How to take care of stoma after surgery?

After surgery the newly-created stoma is swollen and enlarged. The following steps must be followed for post-operative care:

  • Check stoma for its color, turgor, edema and injury signs like bleeding
  • Stoma can be pink to red but contact surgeon immediately if it turns brown, black, pale, dark red or purple
  • Examine stoma regularly and clean it with warm water
  • Make sure the appliance opening is 1/16 to 1/8 inch greater than the diameter of stoma to prevent constriction
  • Check urine color and consistency. Contact surgeon if there is bright red blood in urine
What should be the patient’s diet after ostomy surgery?

Foods that can assist post-surgery to thicken stool and reduce odor are:

  • Buttermilk
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Tapioca
  • White bread or toast
  • Cranberry juice
  • Well-cooked sticky white rice
What are the post-operative complications?

Complications that might occur after surgery includes:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Leakage around the stoma
  • Damage to organs during surgery
What is the post-operative healing time?

It takes around three months for the abdominal muscles to heal completely after surgery.

Is it okay for a colostomy to bleed during cleaning?

The stoma surface has millions of tiny blood vessels which get exposed to air following surgery because they are not covered with skin. Therefore, blood may be visible when cleaning the stoma.