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Feelings in Hospital

How you feel immediately after stoma surgery will depend on the reason for your surgery. You may feel relieved that your problem is being addressed.

To begin with you will probably feel strange and resent having a pouch on your abdomen, having to care for it and having to make adjustments to your lifestyle. You may also feel frightened or angry because you think the stoma looks unsightly and you feel less complete than before. This can lead to feelings of uncertainty about being intimate with your partner.
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Specialist nurses
understand that you may have these feelings, so you should not be afraid to discuss these with the nurse. At this stage you will be coming to terms with your changed body image your stoma care nurse will guide and help you to become more confident with your care.

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