It is a worrying time when you learn you have to undergo any operation, but for many, it is a welcome release from years of living, for instance, with an inflammatory bowel disease and its symptoms, or even to know that a cancer will be taken away.
Over the last decade, surgical procedures have improved immensely leading to minimal surgical scars and quicker recovery times with less time spent in hospital. For the most, post-operative complications are minimal. However, as with any surgical procedure there is always a certain risk associated with it.
The surgeon or nursing team will discuss the potential complications with you prior to surgery. This is usually done at the pre-operative assessment visit.
This section gives practical advice for some of the complications that may occur with your stoma following surgery.
What can be done to manage a hernia?
Moats, dips and creases around your stoma
Ulcers, bruising and pressure sores
Other stoma problems
Wind and odour
A change in stoma colour
A bleeding stoma
Phantom rectal pain
Production of mucus
General guidelines for rectal pain