The following information is to help aid your continued recovery after surgery.
By the time you leave hospital you should be able to cope practically with your stoma. As your health progressively improves, you should find it easier to adjust to the changes in your body and coping with your stoma. In the early weeks after your surgery there will be support from your medical and nursing team.
When you leave hospital you should be given details on how to contact your stoma care nurse. You will be given an outpatients appointment for your first check-up at the hospital. Your family doctor will be notified by letter that you have been discharged home and will be given a summary of your treatment. Your stoma care nurse will give you stoma care products for the time being and explain how to obtain further supplies.
This section looks at some of the practical day to day questions you may have about your stoma.