For most younger Colostomates this will be your first major operation, and hopefully your last! For other’s it may just be the latest of a long line of surgery. But regardless of its your first op, or your latest, what can you expect to happen during your stay in hospital for ostomy surgery?
What follows is a rough day by day guide to life on the ward when you’re having a Colostomy. For your information, the keyhole surgery is presuming that only the stoma is being formed and the rectum left in place. The open surgery is presuming you are having the stoma formed and a portion of bowel removed, in this diary’s case it was the rectum. The length of your stay is determined by how much surgery you are having. Obviously not all hospitals or wards have the same routine or procedures and this is a rough guide only, so don’t think you’re dying if you get a few extra Doctor’s coming to see you, or spend a few days longer in hospital!
Day’s one and two are pretty much the same whether you have open surgery or laproscopic/keyhole surgery. These two days cover pre-op prep on day one, and the op iteself on day two. Some keyhole operations will be prepped and the operation done in one day. It’s all down to the surgeon and hospital. The recuperation days afterwards though are very much different, and therefore day 2 onwards will be split into “Open Surgery” and “Key Hole Surgery” versions.
Day One: Open Surgery & Keyhole Surgery
Day Two: Open Surgery & Keyhole Surgery
Day Three: Open Surgery
Day Three: Keyhole Surgery
Day Four: Open Surgery
Day Four: Keyhole Surgery
Day Five: Open Surgery
Day Five: Keyhole Surgery
Day Six: Open Surgery
Day Seven: Open Surgery
Discharge: Open Surgery & Keyhole Surgery
Jason D. has been a colostomate since 1997 and founded Ostomyland in 1998 after being frustrated at the lack of information he could find out about the procedure before surgery. He lives in the UK where he has a love of Westie’s and a is a huge fan of the Broadway musical Avenue Q (in which his favourite character is Trekkie Monster). You can find Ostomyland on the Google+, Facebook and Twitter social networks.
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