A colostomy is a surgical procedure that brings a portion of the large intestine through the abdominal wall to carry feces out of the body.


A colostomy is a means to treat various disorders of the large intestine, including cancer, obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease, ruptured diverticulum, ischemia (compromised blood supply), or traumatic injury. Temporary colostomies are created to divert stool from injured or diseased portions of the large intestine, allowing rest and healing. Permanent colostomies are performed when the distal bowel (at the farthest distance) must be removed or is blocked and inoperable. Although colorectal cancer is the most common indication for a permanent colostomy, only about 10–15% of patients with this diagnosis require a colostomy.

To perform a colostomy, the surgeon enters the abdomen and locates the colon, or large intestine (A). A loop of the colon is pulled through the abdominal incision (B); then the colon is cut to allow the insertion of a catheter (C). The skin and tissues are closed around the new opening, called a stoma (D). (Illustration by GGS Inc.)
To perform a colostomy, the surgeon enters the abdomen and locates the colon, or large intestine (A). A loop of the colon is pulled through the abdominal incision (B); then the colon is cut to allow the insertion of a catheter (C). The skin and tissues are closed around the new opening, called a stoma (D). (
Illustration by GGS Inc.


Estimates of all ostomy surgeries (those involving any opening from the abdomen for the removal of either feces or urine) range from 42,000 to 65,000 each year; about half are temporary. Emergency surgeries for bowel obstruction and/or perforation comprise 10–15% of all colorectal surgeries; a portion of these result in colostomy.


Surgery will result in one of three types of colostomies:


A number of diseases and injuries may require a colostomy. Among the diseases are inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. Determining whether this surgery is necessary is a decision the physician makes based on a number of factors, including patient history, amount of pain, and the results of tests such as colonoscopy and lower G.I. (gastrointestinal) series. Due to lifestyle impact of the surgery, the decision is made after careful consultation with the patient. However, an immediate decision may be made in emergency situations involving injuries or puncture wounds in the abdomen or intestinal perforations related to diverticulear disease, ulcers, or life-threatening cancer.

As with any surgical procedure, the patient will be required to sign a consent form after the procedure is explained thoroughly. Blood and urine studies, along with various x rays and an electrocardiograph (EKG), may be ordered as the doctor deems necessary. If possible, the patient should visit an enterostomal therapist, who will mark an appropriate place on the abdomen for the stoma and offer preoperative education on ostomy management.

In order to empty and cleanse the bowel, the patient may be placed on a low-residue diet for several days prior to surgery. A liquid diet may be ordered for at least the day before surgery, with nothing by mouth after midnight. A series of enemas and/or oral preparations (GoLytely or Colyte) may be ordered to empty the bowel of stool. Oral anti-infectives (neomycin, erythromycin, or kanamycin sulfate) may be ordered to decrease bacteria in the intestine and help prevent postoperative infection. A nasogastric tube is inserted from the nose to the stomach on the day of surgery or during surgery to remove gastric secretions and prevent nausea and vomiting. A urinary catheter (a thin plastic tube) may also be inserted to keep the bladder empty during surgery, giving more space in the surgical field and decreasing chances of accidental injury.


Postoperative care for the patient with a new colostomy, as with those who have had any major surgery, involves monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and temperature. Breathing tends to be shallow because of the effect of anesthesia and the patient's reluctance to breathe deeply and experience pain that is caused by the abdominal incision. The patient is instructed how to support the operative site during deep breathing and coughing, and given pain medication as necessary. Fluid intake and output is measured, and the operative site is observed for color and amount of wound drainage. The nasogastric tube will remain in place, attached to low, intermittent suction until bowel activity resumes. For the first 24–48 hours after surgery, the colostomy will drain bloody mucus. Fluids and electrolytes are infused intravenously until the patient's diet can gradually be resumed, beginning with liquids. Usually within 72 hours, passage of gas and stool through the stoma begins. Initially, the stool is liquid, gradually thickening as the patient begins to take solid foods. The patient is usually out of bed in eight to 24 hours after surgery and discharged in two to four days.

A colostomy pouch will generally have been placed on the patient's abdomen around the stoma during surgery. During the hospital stay, the patient and his or her caregivers will be educated on how to care for the colostomy. Determination of appropriate pouching supplies and a schedule of how often to change the pouch should be established. Regular assessment and meticulous care of the skin surrounding the stoma is important to maintain an adequate surface on which to attach the pouch. Some patients with colostomies are able to routinely irrigate the stoma, resulting in regulation of bowel function; rather than needing to wear a pouch, these patients may only need a dressing or cap over their stoma. Often, an enterostomal therapist will visit the patient in the hospital or at home after discharge to help the patient with stoma care.

Dietary counseling will be necessary for the patient to maintain normal bowel function and to avoid constipation, impaction, and other discomforts.


Potential complications of colostomy surgery include:

Psychological complications may result from colostomy surgery because of the fear of the perceived social stigma attached to wearing a colostomy bag. Patients may also be depressed and have feelings of low self-worth because of the change in their lifestyle and their appearance. Some patients may feel ugly and sexually unattractive and may worry that their spouse or significant other will no longer find them appealing. Counseling and education regarding surgery and the inherent lifestyle changes are often necessary.

Normal results

Complete healing is expected without complications. The period of time required for recovery from the surgery may vary depending on the patient's overall health prior to surgery and the patient's willingness to participate in stoma care. The colostomy patient without other medical complications should be able to resume all daily activities once recovered from the surgery. Adjustments in diet and daily personal care will need to be made.

Morbidity and mortality rates

Complications after colostomy surgery can occur. The doctor should be made aware of any of the following problems after surgery:

Stomal complications can also occur. They include:

Mortality rates for colostomy patients vary according to the patient's general health upon admittance to the hospital. Even among higher risk patients, mortality is about 16%. This rate is greatly reduced (between 0.8% and 3.8%) when the colostomy is performed by a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon.


When a colostomy is deemed necessary, there are usually no alternatives to the surgery, though there can be alternatives in the type of surgery involved and adjuvant therapies related to the disease. For example, laparoscopic surgery is being used with many diseases of the intestinal tract, including initial cancers. For this surgery, the colon and rectal surgeon inserts a laparoscope (an instrument that has a tiny video camera attached) through a small incision in the abdomen. Other small incisions are made for the surgeon to insert laparoscopic instruments to use in creating the colostomy. This surgery often results in a shorter stay in the hospital, less postoperative pain, a quicker return to normal activities, and far less scarring. It is not recommended for patients who have had extensive prior abdominal surgery, large tumors, previous cancer, or serious heart problems.



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General surgeons and colon and rectal surgeons perform colostomies as inpatient surgeries, under general anesthesia.


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User Contributions:

i'm the patient of Colostomy, it was closed in the year of 31st Jan,2006. But still i'm facing some problem while going in motion.. that is.. it was coming step by step.. and also getting mucous from anaus.. how many days it'll take to clear my problem. please help me for this.. i'm unable to doing my works without this problem..

thanking you
Richard Day
This article is very well done. I wish I had read it before my colostomy in 2001. I have had 8 surgeries since then. Three surgeries were directly related to the stoma complications while 5 were parastoma hernia surgeries. Diverticulitice causes my problems along with severe infections that took years to clear up and heal. The infections have causes some organ damage.

I wish the article would have mentioned a little more concerning depression as attitude is very important in recovery. My colostomy is permanant. Accepting that and planning my activities to be prepared has allowed me to feel better about life. I have an excellent wife and family that have helped me very much.

There are many very unpleasant things that happen, concerning colostomies. Mucous discharge from the rectum is one. It usually last a week or less for me, but does put a damper on activities.

Thank you for all the great information.
My mom just had a colostomy, it seems to be leaking, doctors found today that there is a fischler at the bottom of the intestine. Can this be fixed?. She had her surgery in one hospital and now she is in another, think first doctor did this. Just would like to know if this is common and has it happened to others.. Thank u. Sandra
my mom had this sergery and a historectomy at the same time about 2 months ago and has been in and out of the hospital (davis in cali) shes had 2 more sergerys and numerous tests and is still in alot of pain also has black stool and vomits coffee like substance and canot get up and walk around the doctor doesnt know what is wrong
I had a colostomy 6 weeks ago. This morning I noticed a small blood discharge from my rectum. Is this normal?
I had colostomy surgery in the year 2006. from on wards.. after completion of my surgery i'm facing lots of constipation issues while passing the motion... getting lot of pain at colon (where the surgery was done to me) daily i'm going to toilet 3 to 6 times, I'll get the heavy motion i cant able to hold for a long time... Actually i met accident. Lorry hitted my on that time i got rectum injury at the same time doctors did colostomy surgeery... i was used the colostomy bags nearly 12 months.. after a small recovery of rectum doctors done the colostomy surgery... pls give me the suggestion

thanking you
tnx for the wonderful mom had this operation for 3times now i just wana ask how she can gain weight (looks like dehydrating) how to prevent this condition from her...
I found the arcticle interesting ,although I was looking for over bleeding around the stoma and severe pain around that area of the stoma. I have severe cracking around the stoma and bleeding and ws hoping something would be mentioned regarding this in the arcticle.The depression I went thru and the lack of compassion from nurses was very hard in the hospital.I wasn't told of the type of surgery I was having at the time the doctors also found cancer but the biopsy proved begnine.I am still abit confused with all of the info one must take in but I am slowley learning .
My father had his colostomy (surgery)in August 2010. He is 70 yrs of age. Even after 5 months of surgery there is bleeding (sometime more sometime its less) from the surgical area. This is been told to the Doctors they have observed and said that it will take time to recover fully the wounds would take time to heal. But they have not mentioned any particular time as to how long it will take for the wounds to heal. Kindly tell the time or some remedy fro the fast recovery including diet.
Helen Tice
What causes little sacks of poop to be stuck in the fistula end of a double barrel permanent transverse oastomy? How do you treat and clear the poop and how do you prevent it from recurring? Please help . It is a scary and sickening sight. Because you can see the poop stuck under a transparent layer of tissue.
When the colon has been cut off too short and the colostomy bag won;t go on, and it has to be continually wiped off and its blood red and so very sore, is there any kind of salve or ointment that will keep it from getting more and more irritated with skin breaking in places on the site, Surely there is something that can help someone to keep them from all that extra pain. Please reply.
pay shelton
my husband had a colostomy 4 years ago, i use the one piece disposable bag for him.i clean arond the stoma with mild soap and water,making sure the area is dry ,then add a small amount of calmoseptine ointment( available at most pharmacy no prescription)around the stoma, this really protects the skin. he has never had any irritation around his stoma. this has worked for him. we never use the 2 piece with a waffer, because it's hard to clean the waffer and it stays on the skin for 2 long a time, one piece are better!
how is correctin(colostomy) than, will the doctor open the stomach again?
I am going to be possibly getting a colostomy bag done soon. I am very nervous and reading all your comments makes me even more nervous. Can any of you explain what it was like while in the hospital and what I can expect. Is the colostomy bag always permenant? Thanks, Lisa
Gregg Orange
I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in May of 2011 after having a colonoscopy. I was having symptoms for months that I attributed to hemmorhoids. It wasn't, it was definitely adenocarcinoma as the pathology reports indicated. Days after the diagnosis I had a catscan, was sent to a colorectal surgeon, a radiologist and a chemotherapist. The catscan showed that the cancer was still pretty much localised. I went through 6 weeks of oral chemo and radiation treatments and about 4 weeks after that I went back to the colorectal surgeon for a flexible sigmoidoscopy that indicated that the tumor had indeed shrunk and responded to the treatments but, he still recommended a permanent colostomy. After deciding to go ahead and get it over with because the surgeon said that a colostomy in this case offered the best hope for long term survival, I had the procedure done in October of 2011. Complete removal of the rectum and permanent colostomy. The week long hospital stay after the procedure was miserable, I wasn't able to eat anything for almost a week and nurses kept coming in the room every 3-4 hours givng me injections, pills, checking my blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. I prefer sleeping on my side and this is virtually impossible after having a colostomy. I was told to get up and walk down the hall the next morning after the surgery to prevent blood clots and maintain circulation. This was extremely painful and uncomfortable. I hate hospitals anyway, as many people do and was unable to get much sleep during the week that I was there. I had serious problems with bladder function after the surgery, I simply could not urinate and was cathederized for another week even after being discharged. This went on for several weeks before I finally was able to urinate semi-normally. I was told that this is common with abdominal surgery. My surgeon removed the staples from the incisions a week later and I was on pain medications for about 2 months after the surgery. The stoma decreased in size and healed, some dead skin fell of several weeks later, I was told that this was normal. Now it has been six months since I had the surgery and I am trying to cope with the fact that I have a permanent colostomy. I lost my job because I could not perform my necessary job duties as a vending tech with a colostomy. I have lost my health insurance as well. As if that weren't depressing enough, living with a permanent colostomy effects your self image, your social abilities, your physical capabilities and can very easily turn you into a hermit. I have been coping with the psychological aspects of having a colostomy ever since the surgery and I still get very depressed and withdrawn at times. The nurses and doctors all try to tell you that things will return to normal and that you can resume your daily activites, etc. They are not very good liars. You are restricted in what you can do physically and you must learn the dietary restrictions and proper care procedures for caring for your stoma and colostomy appliance. It's a real hassle. I realize that part of their job is to try and make you feel better but, having a permanent colostomy is the absolute pits, I won't lie. The only thing good about it is that right now I am still alive for my family and friends. I am 50 years old with a permanent colostomy and sometimes I just don't even want to get out of bed, I don't want to talk to people, I don't want to participate in any types of social activities and I hate my life. That's the honest truth.
I had colon surgery 5 months ago that ended with a dead stoma. The doctor cut it off even with the skin. Now I have a bad rash and also a lot of bleeding. My iron level was low last month. Is this bleeding normal?
Eleanor Bock
I have been reading all the comments about Clostomies. But, you have not given the patients any answers. I will be having one soon and it certainly does not sound like anyone is jumping for joy. If the doctor decides exactly how he will perform the surgery to his understanding and it does not respond correctly, the patient suffers the consequences. Guess I will be sending another note about my surgery after it gets done and I will be one of the above.
kushal wasti
which suture is used to hold the stoma in colostomy?
Had colostomy 2 years back and healed nicely as I'm normal now but lately I hav been feelin a pain just below the scar and bubbles in my stomach so its possible its still the effects of havin the sugery ? And can I still fall pregnant?
My grandma had a colostomy done 25 yrs ago and it started bleeding from the surgical area is that normal
No "sugarcoating" here! There are many things in your life you will have to eliminate or lessen. Think about being twelve miles deep on a hike in the mountains, a public pool will be a delight,no going three miles deep inside a cave for a two day trip. These are just some of the things I had to give up since my surgery. No more heavy weightlifting anymore! You'll put on weight because of inactivity, and the looks are AWFUL! It's like I have a disease that can pass from me just from association. Be STRONG or you will fail to live for yourself.
I am bleeding from stomam with clots, any suggestions?
jim koenig
My wife has a permanent colocstomy bag. She had surgery 2 weeks ago and still in the hospital. This morning the Dr had to give her 2 pints of blood. Is there anyone out there that can tell me if they have had complications like this?
otis henry
... i thank you all for sharing your experiences & questions - as circumstance has/had it, i had a colostomy aprox 2003-4 ... now is 2013. i reckon i lucked out 'cause it was reversible & had no complication(aside from hernia from the "punch-hole" for drainage of poisons incurred from ruptured bowel-peritonitis. *note - the whole scene from the onset was a total total ! shock ! i arrived @ emergency room w/ symptoms - emer doc took quick x-ray for time was of the essence - they knew. escaped air in abdomen called for surgery & the high spike sustained pain quickly called for morphine ... & from th@ pt ... i was off to surgery. upon waking , it was 6-8 days in hosp- then home for 10 or so wks. back to hosp for the "take down"(restoring the initial system). in hosp for say 6-7 days then home. 6-8 wks. back to limited work. the most intense situation was the reality of having the apparatus & managing & keeping clean(many aspects). i felt trapped but ! but ! ... i had no choice so i "kept on truckin". i found it amazing - i likened it to the ... "visible V-8" ... where i could actually see something that was supposed to be ; in my body - it was difficult & exhausting & threatening to feel so vulnerable . recovery was slow tho my body and it's willingness to heal ...did. all i say is do your best to keep clean - do not despair - & as a nurse told me when i asked - when will this constant medium pain/ache go away - she said @ about a year - you will realize ... ! hey this pain is gone - & it was. when there is no choice - do your utmost to optimize your situation ! - thanks for listening - otis - * peace and enduring calm - & realize you co-operated w/ your recovery ! !
I wanted to comment a little more positively. I, too, had emergent surgery due to perforations after a CT scan revealed perforations in my colon. My surgeon believed that he would be able to go in and resection the colon very easily and I would recover and be on my way, after 6 - 8 weeks of recovery. Turns out that the infection was one of the worst he had seen and I woke up in recovery with a colostomy. Thank God, mine can be reversed. The first month was pretty devastating. Lots of pain and depression. For wound care - there are powders and skin barrier spray that will really help it heal. It will be VERY PAINFUL when you apply it, but it WILL heal the site. After 7 seeks, I am back at work and living a very normal life. My favorite products are M9 odor eliminator spray, and Gas-X. The Gas-X really works if you have eaten something that causes gas. It has helped me function normally at work where I have to be in executive meetings often. The last thing you want is gas noise from your stoma! I will be having surgery again next month to reverse the colostomy. I will have to be off work again for 6 - 8 weeks. I am not looking forward to the surgery, but I know that I was tough and did not let this colostomy slow me down! -Good luck and my prayers are with you all who are facing such terrible outcomes!
I'm facing this surgery soon and wanted to get as much information as possible about the surgery itself and what i'd be facing afterwards.I have had Crohns disease for 25 years now and just turned 48.I've had so many problems and complications from the Crohns that I thought this surgery was the answer to my problems. I have become a hermit because of all the bathroom problems I have. I go at a minimum of 20 times a day and have to wear adult diapers if I go any where. I have "accidents" all the time. This is why I've become a hermit and I thought this surgery would free me. The article was helpful and informative. The comments and questions from other colostomy patients are scarring the heck out of me.I'm not so sure any more. Having the stoma or wearing the pouch dosen't scare me it's all the complications after the surgery that do! I really don't have a choice though.
Muhammad shahimi
My father involved in an accident last few month. Due to bed sore a he have a minor operation and now defecate through a stoma bag on his body. He recently went for a check and wanted to resume my intestines so that he dont have to use the stoma bag and defecate like normal. But, the doctor told him that his intestines does not have capability to do so. Is there any treatment that i can do so that i can defecate like normal?
I am electing to have a stoma following 30 years of bowel problems and many surgeries, Personally I cannot wait as it will give me control as I am incontinent. I have had enough of not eating so i can leave the house and looking for loos even on the shortest of journeys to the local shops. Sometime there is no such thing as a good choice in a bad situation but from a practical point of view i hope to get more of my life back than i have now. My mother who also has Chronn's could not cope with the bag and had a reversal. I will not have that choice as my bum just does not work anymore as I have desease low down in the bowel. I am under 50 years and work full time and plan to get right back to where I was but with less toileting issues eating into every hour of every day. There is so much positive information and stories out there for you all to read, don,t expect the hospital and nurses to know all the diffrent solutions on this. I would urge you all to get busy looking on line and speaking to the support groups for inspiring treatments and solutions. At the end of the day its your body so take control.
todd s
My fiance had problems with the bleeding around the stoma. We have had good luck with putting udder balm on and aroud it to help heal and soften the skin.
I am a 73 year old woman. I had an emergency colostomy 7 years ago because of a spontaneous rupture with contamination in my lower abdomen. It was about 20 hours before I went to the emergency room and immediately was taken to surgery. I have a very high, rather small stoma. I was very frightened for the first few days, and very sick because of the contamination. But because of the wonderful stoma nurses, it only took about a month for me to just be grateful that I didn't die. I knew I was incredibly lucky. I returned to work 6 weeks after the surgery. The stoma nurses were always available to answer my questions - I could call them at the hospital anytime. It only took a few weeks before living with a colostomy just became my way of life, and changing my bag was just a routine like brushing my teeth. Two years later, I had a second emergency colostomy - the surgeons "rearranged" some things, but were able to keep the original stoma which was healthy. My doctors told me that I was incredibly fortunate as the survival rate is quite low in patients with another spontaneous contaminated rupture. I am still here! I have lived to see 3 grandchildren come into my life. I will admit that I have some related health problems - dealing with malnutrition because I lost so much bowel - and becoming very thin over the years, and I tire easily. But every day I think about the wonderful care I had from skilled surgeons and nurses, and the colostomy nurses who got me on my feet and back into my life. There's help out there. My primary care doctor discovered that I had, and still have, a mild form of autoimmune disease - in this case they call it lupus-like syndrome. It comes and goes and sometimes wipes me out - and I don't handle steroid treatment well, so I'm doing without. But he suspects the original bowel rupture may have been a result of a simmering auto immune disorder. Whatever caused it, I remember every day that they told my husband that I didn't have a good chance of survival when I had the first rupture. I'm starting to fail a bit - but no one thought I would still be here! I'm grateful every day!
after reading all the comments I must say having a permanent colostomy isnt the end of the world. Yes it will take time to get use to but it will quickly become a normal thing in your life. I am only 26 and the youngest the doctor said he had ever performed this surgery on. I was in the hospital for 14 days and the nurses didnt seem to care or answer any questions. I relied heavily on my husband and family for support. Its been 6 weeks now since my surgery and I cant honestly say having the colostomy to remove the cancer and chrons disease (which was an unexpected bonus) I am just about pain free and living my life as normal as possible.
I have a clostomy i have had it for a year now. Andpast 3 weeksI have had a tremendous amount of pain in my abdomen going in the middle of the abdomen to the back on the left side. and the strangest thing happened two days ago I don't know what it, is maybe somebody can tell me . Ok, as I was emptying my bag I found in it about 4 inches long the radius of a straw completely hollow look like it was attached to something with at the tip of it. Does anyone know what that could possibly be or should I be worried.
I have suffered with crohns disease since i was 18,now am 43.I have had numerous operations mostly done at university college hospital,london.I feel that i have been lied to and in a way played,when i was told that i would need yet another operation i was upset and did not want it,myy gastro doctor and surgical doctor said that it would be an end stoma and it will be only temporary.I explained to them that i would go ahead but if there was a problem or they found anything untoward,then please pull out and we would discuss the matter at length.Unfortunately they thought it was in my best interest that they just carried on with the operation and since i have had this stoma i am continuously in and out of hospital,not only that but have been told i also have a hernia along with addissons disease,i am at my wits end to find a surgeon who can please help me to have this reversed as my current surgeon has now gone back on his word and is saying no to me,i can't live my life with having this stoma and it's problems that end up with me back in hospital all the time,i know that there are risks but i am so desperate for someone to help me,i have been so messed about that i just can't take much more anyone who could help me i would owe them my life please
My girlfriend got the surgery 3 months ago, she is 22 years old and is have a very hard time in recovery. She had an infection, her wounds were infected, and she suffered dehidration. It's just one thing after another. She just found out that her stitches in her rectum broke, now she has a big hole down there and she needs to pack it,and everytime she pees it leaks in the guaz and she needs to change it again. Is there any way to help with this? Has anyone gone through this that can give us advice? I hate seeing her upset like this.
My girlfriend got the surgery 3 months ago, she is 22 years old and is have a very hard time in recovery. She had an infection, her wounds were infected, and she suffered dehidration. It's just one thing after another. She just found out that her stitches in her rectum broke, now she has a big hole down there and she needs to pack it,and everytime she pees it leaks in the guaz and she needs to change it again. Is there any way to help with this? Has anyone gone through this that can give us advice? I hate seeing her upset like this.
my 27 year old son has rectal cancer he had to have a colostomy loop and after 2 months in the hospital and only clear mucus from his rectum we are at home now and there is stool coming from his rectum and the bag is this normal. He did have a very large tumor and it has shrunk quit a bit. could that have been left over or is something wrong, i can't get a straight answer out of anyone. thanks
My colon ruptured, I never had any prior problems. I was in great health at 60 years old I had blood pressure of a teenager my weight was 135 pounds I was vey active and working full time. My rupture happened at 9 am got to hospital by 10 am. from there it was down hill, because of miscommunication I never got a CT scan until noon I had a saline IV drip. Once the CT was read my IV was turned on to a 100% drip, it sounded like a hose running. My next problem was there were no available operating rooms. My husband said that other surgeons were pushing back non life threating surgeries so I would be sure to get the next available room. All I know is that I woke up and my husband said I was in intensive care and it was midnight. Next thing I remember is a nurse was saying wake up, you have to open your eyes. After that I don't remember anything, but, I was in a different room. I remember waking up and my husband and 2 doctors were there. That's when my husband told me that after I came out of surgery the surgeon told my family that he didn't expect me to make it. He explained that my body and organs had been severely poisoned from the colon he said he did his best and now it is in Gods hands. Well, I lived, but my brain had some problems. Then my husband died. I had 2 more surgeries and each time it took longer and longer to wake up. I started forgetting little things, then I couldn't remember my kids names, where I lived what I did for a living etc. I got lost 3 times. I was functioning but I have no memory of it. Something happened at work and the company sent me to the hospital. My blood pressure was going up and down as fast as you could blink, when it was up I was fine but, then it would drop fast, when that happened I guess I would go to sleep, when it came up I would be fine. That's when I developed a complete chemical imbalance. My life today, 5 years later is awful, I have gained 50 pounds, have high blood pressure, I still forget what I'm talking about or what I was doing. I need both knees replaced, and have had blood clots in both legs. I don't recognize me, so I rarely leave my house I'm afraid I'll get lost or forget what I was going to do. My old doctor has moved and I'm seeing a new one, He has my medical records but, he doesn't believe that any of the problems I described are from a simple colon rupture. He believes I have just decided to make poor life choices, and I am trying to make excuses instead of accepting responsibility for my just getting basically lazy. Has anyone out there had things happen to them after a colon problem? I am 65 now and I have tried to loose weight but I am failing so far, if I loose weight my blood pressure should go down, if you have had some problems let me know
My husband had two major surgery and now doc had implanted colostomy bag. initial they told us that the bag will remove in 6 weeks but its almost 9 months. Can some one share the process to remove the bag that whether that they will do a major surgery or it will be through endoscopy.
I had emergency surgery due to ruptured intestine and 3 days worth of bowel was inside my stomach. Peritinitis was all over my spleen too. Have temporary colostomy bag. How can colonoscopy be done with intestines wrapped around my abdomen? Got a sore on abdomen. Looks like bowel inside. Seeing surgeon July 8th. Shopped to have reversal of colostomy bag to make my life normal again. Only God knows how I feel. Hope He heals me soon.
My mother age 59 had a emergency heart valve repair following an endocarditis infections, a week later whilst still in intensive care she had an emergency stomach op and stoma bag attached, significant dead bowel, stomach arteries were blocked, 36 hours later the bag remained black, it needed to be pink, they said she will not survive there's nothing they can do she only has a few hrs left. following morning there was a slight improvement in her condition, the stoma bag was warming up, Several days later no progress she had lots of internal bleeding in the stomach which they could not stop, they can only give omerprazole and hope for the best, we believe something went wrong with the stoma bag operations, no additional surgery was performed. they said her hernia was causing complications.
Any ideas on what causes the stoma bag to remain in black blood and not work at all following surgery? and how else is it possible to stop the bleeding? any idea?
I'm 37 years old. I had c. Diff two years ago with several inflammatory bowel hospitalizations since then. In February, I had emergency surgery for a perforated bowel, and woke with a colostomy bag, was in the hospital for a few weeks, including intensive care. Returned to the hospital with blood clots in the lung and leg. Thankfully, it was temporary. I had the reversal 7 weeks ago. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks again but recovery has been good since. Until now. Pain and rectum problems are back and I'm scared. However, I agree with many of the posters, about attitude being everything. I absolutely hated having a colostomy. I'm a lawyer and I couldn't work or barely leave home. However, I'm thankful every day since I survived. One commenter above mentions neurological problems and I can relate. I have a very hard time focusing, remembering, doing simple tasks. I recently found out mold is in our air ducts and could be to blame for physical and mental health issues. It's important to remember your body may be fighting an environmental toxin if it's having systemic problems, such as mine. I just hope to God I don't have to get another colostomy because, although people live with permanent ones and are so inspiring and strong, my experience with only a temporary one was that every day was incredibly depressing and difficult.
I had an emergency sigmoidectomy transverse loop colostmy surgery on 7/14/2015. My colon perferated and waste was filling my abdoman. They needed three gallon of fluid to irrigate my abdominal cavity. So far so good on the recovery, its been a little over six weeks and my next appt is in 10 days to see if I am ready for another CT and a lower GI to check healing and hopefully to schedule reversal surgery. I have drastically changed my diet.I used a nutribullet "shake" every morn consisting of spinach,kale,pineapple,peaches,blueberries,ground flaxseed, raw almonds and coconut water.I eliminated breads,rice pasta and beans. No lunchmeats. I eat a lot of baked chicken and mahi, baked potatos, salad and cereal. Also suger free hard candies for cravings. No coffee, very limited caffeine, and mainly seltzer water to drink, with occasional gatorade. Not sure if nutribullet actually helps but along with daily multivitamin I cant see how it could hurt. I also walk anywhere from 2-5 miles a day. I quit all alcohol and feel that will be a permanent choice. I hope that doing all of that along with plenty of rest, which I make sure that I get, will help the eventual outcome to be positive and that I can return to pre surgical activity. At least I have changed my eating habits and have a new and healthy approach to my lifestyle. This was a life chaging experience and I hope to make a full recovery. I wish the absolute best to anyone goung through this. Im 49 and would hope to see another 25 years or more of life, but that ultimately isnt mt my call, I can just treat my body as best I can and live life to the best of my ability. My appreciation of the small things in life as well as my gratitude has increased expotentially.
I'm 52 and my colon ruptured. I had feces in my abdoman. My kidneys started to shut down. I had emergency surgery and I woke up with a colostomy. I was devastated even though I almost died and the colostomy is temporary. I had problems with depression befor the surgery. Now I am even more depressed than ever. I feel like a wimp because the obvious psychological aspects of this has turned me into a hermit that can't seem to get off my couch. I was put on fentnyl patch for over 3 months. and am having extreme withdrawal. symptoms even with tapering down dosage.
At the age of 77 and with a history of diverticulitis
And over the past three years uc and many tests and scans etc a section was done and now have a colostomy bag. This was over two weeks ago but als the surgeon fitted a mucus drain fistula bag and said this would take two weeks to finish but still having the greenish mucus from there. I was wondering if anyone had the same or if indeed this took or will take longer?
My mum had had a permanent colostomy bag fitted 12 days ago and just come home . She has just had a normal bm and is worried can anyone tell me if something is wrong ?
anil jain
At the age 25 2014 i had rectum canser after 1 year i had colostomi bag for 1 year this experience horrible but then to pass way after closeing bag now more diffiucult to manage moition problem now if i have to go out then i need to do fasting if any one can help in this stiution how to do
i have had a colostmy bag for 5 years and asked for it to be reversed and all consultants are say i will be incontent has any one else had it reversed and what are the side effects of it thanks
I have read all the above comments. As a nurse who is preparing to have colon resection with a colostomy bag; I find such negative results above. I have taken care of patients who have had their colostomies for 30-40 years without any complication. Granted there are the exceptions; but, reading this as a lay person, it would be terrifying to go forward with the surgery. My suggestion to anyone who is preparing for such a surgery, to research, research, research your surgeon and hospital. I am going 5 hours from my home to Rochester, MN (Mayo Hospital) who is the leading hospital for colon surgery. I want the best possible outcome. My surgeon is a Fellow, which means that she has extra years of additional education in this particular area. Google leading hospitals in colo-rectal sugery and you might find a leading hospital closer to you that is worth the drive. I pray that all of you will resolve your post op complications and do not be afraid to get a second opinion. Best of luck and say a prayer that I do well as well.
Susan Ormrod
Is it normal to lose all control of the bladder following a colostomy operation and for the urine to be flowing from two different places one the uretha and via the vaginal vault?? both urine flows contain blood and debris it is 7 weeks after the operation and they want to treat this with tablets to tighten bladder. It does not sound right or logical.
I was wondering, if you had an accident and had to get a Colostomy bag, Can it ever be removed and have surgery to correct it?
G Moneyu
I just had my Reversal Colostomy after 3 months everything is working fine so far.
I had a permanent colostomy done in 2003 for a colo rectal tumor resection, and it has worked very well so far, until about 8 weeks ago I began to notice blood and mucus discharge in the colostomy bag everyday.
I had this checked by the Surgeon, who told me this is caused by granuloma. Since I had a colonoscopy done last year that gave me all clear, he was not worried about ant cancer risk. I also noticed that the size of the external circumference of the stoma has increased by almost 1 inch
But I am worried that this blood+mucus discharge is yet to stop. Anybody with advice on what I may do next? Thanks and God bless
Hi I'm 38 now. Three years ago I had a surgery for my diverticulitis. I had a piece of my colon removed and had a colostomy bag put on for three month. The doctor that did my surgery first messed up and forgot to stitch everything back together inside that need to be done. So I started getting really sick and I almost died thank God for my other doctor that saved me. He had to do emergency surgery at 2 in the morning. But every since than I had nothing but problems and I have been seeing my GI doctor and other doctors. But no one could figure out what's wrong. I have been having lots of pain in my stomach and lose lot of weight. I also been feeling sick to my stomach. They thought it was chrome disease. So they did a biopsy on me and it show chrome disease and colitis but the MRI or the other test don't show it. So I think they are really missing something. Can anybody help or have any ideas of what's going on? Thanks
I had a hemipelvectomy around 1999. I was forced to have a temp colostomy done so that the "poo" wouldn't get into the wound. About a year later is was closed because I didn't want to wear TWO bags on my body. I also have a Urostomy (done in 1973, which had to be revised after the hemi - which also herniated because of the colostomy) The colostomy herniated a few years later. Had a patch put in, in 1983, but in 1984, it broke, nicked my bowl and had to have it removed. No one wants to fix it because, being a para/amp, I use my stomach muscles to do things. Drs. say that if I put another one in, and it breaks, I could wind up with a BIGGER hernia. Also, because of the hemi, all my "parts" - vagina, anus etc., have all moved BACKWARDS, and now it's hard to have a BM (haven't had sex in over 40 yrs so don't NEED Vaggie anymore LOL). I also have Scoliosis and Hyperlordosis, which aint helping matters (Scoliosis has crushed my L lung quite a bit and my H-Lordosis is crushing my kidneys). I am a mess. Today my stomach (hernia area) hurts but I don't think it's twisted, I just think I am SOOO impacted with BM. I have my daughter living with me who is multiply handicapped, so staying on the toilet all day w/ BM meds {exlax or other), is not really viable because of her. She is Epileptic+ and I never know when one is coming, and, being a para/amp, I am too slow in transferring from toilet to w/c quick enough to help her. I don 't have medical services at all (housekeeping, visiting nurse etc.) because all services stop at 5pm and there are NO services on the weekends so . . . Anyone else in this situ? I am if anyone has any advice for me. I live in MA and go to Tufts Med Cent.
it is very well written article which has helped me in gaining knowledge. i had a new born baby whose colostomy has been done around 6 days before. i want to know that i am observing a little blood around a drop or two. is it ok or it need medical attention
My friend has done colostomy 6 months back and was done by CSCS, RPAH Medical Centre and she is completely recovered.I recommend CSCS for those suffering from colorectal issues.
I am 15 and recently i was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and now i have the choice to keep doing my iv infusion or get mt colon removed and have a colostomy bag for 3 months then get a j pouch. I dont know what to do im really nervous to have a colostomy bag. Any advice?
A lot of gas and blotting after my colostomy surgery 4/17. Any suggestions?
Carol Wierzbicki
i had a loops done in april 2019 it was in a bad spot and had to be redone it is now a end permanent I am 54 years old should not had even gotten this far my cancer should have been found. I am finding some of the comments here disturbing most of you must be in the states as in canada this lack of care does not happen.
please if something isn’t right go back and see your surgeon have it taken care of.
I had an ileostomy due to a ruptured colon. I was able to have reversal surgery due to the fact they were to save my rectum. I spent 72 days in the hospital in the hospital in one year. I am much better now. My only problem is my eating. food that is suppose to be good for me is bad and candy, cokes, cakes, pies are foods that do not give me any problems they are packing on weight! Does anyone have a good diet for someone who has had their entire large removed? If I knew what to eat or not eat, I feel like I could get back to my normal size. I would love to hear from someone with the same problem
Stephanie Casdorpn
The article was very informative - I have been diagnosed with a fistula in my vagina/intestine. I have been told I'll have to have a bag afterward. will this be hard to take care of??
After three days operation i was troubling infection in operation area pus every time coming from 4month what is the solution every...any one can help or give any type of suggestions

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