Post-operative colostomy patients who have undergone colostomy procedure are most of the time anxious about their present condition, lifestyle changes, and the physical newness of their body image. It is therefore vital to keep a positive outlook and be optimistic about the incoming post-operative weeks.
Immediately after waking up, post colostomy patients will notice that they will initially feel a weak and "heavy". A colostomy bag will be attached to an area of the abdomen depending on the procedure and the condition of the patient. Pain medications will be given via intravenous route to manage discomfort of the patient.
After Colostomy Physical Adjustments
After a day or two, the nurse would advise the patient to sit on the bedside or if client's condition permits, stand on their own. It is very important to start ambulating early as this would promote wound healing and fast recovery.
After Colostomy Diet
The doctors will not give any food to a post colostomy patient unless peristalsis is confirmed through auscultating the patient's stomach for intestinal movements. Clear liquids will be given initial and will be progressed to soft diet like gelatin or broth.
Monitoring for Complications
Post Colostomy patients are observed for signs and symptoms for complications following surgery. Bleeding tendencies will be apparent initially and it will help to report signs of increased bleeding.
The doctor will also run series of tests to ensure the patient's body is recovering normally. Some of the tests would be Hgt and HGB levels of blood, White blood cell counts, and frequent vital sign checks.
Frequent activity (turning from side-to-side), deep breathing, proper coughing and early ambulation will prevent complications from occurring. When in doubt, do not hesitate to let your nurse or doctor about any untoward signs or symptoms.
As they would say, acceptance is the first step to recovery. Personally, I think it would help if you would think of it as a challenge. Millions of people have managed colostomies in one way or another. So there's absolutely no reason why you cant.