Know when to call the doctor
- Bleeding: Blood in the pouch or a deep cut in the stoma itself.
- Change in the way your stoma looks (swelling, color change, bulging)
- Nausea and vomiting that can’t be controlled
- Diarrhea, especially with signs of Dehydration
- No output from the stoma in 2 days (Colostomy)
- No output from the stoma in 8 hours (Ileostomy)
- No output from the stoma in 6 hours (Urostomy)
- Foul smelling or cloudy urine (Urostomy)
- Back pain in the kidney area (Urostomy)
And know when to call your ostomy nurse
- Breakdown of the skin around your stoma
- Difficulty maintaining a good seal around your ostomy appliance
- If you just want reassurance that what you are experiencing is normal
–Remember, a call to the ostomy nurse now may prevent more serious ostomy complications later.
These are the first few steps after you find out you need ostomy surgery…
Ostomy surgery is a life-changing event for the new ostomate, and for you too.
Be confident about living with your ostomy, but know when to seek care.