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Open Colostomy Reversal

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Open colostomy reversal is surgery to close your colostomy and reconnect your colon.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your wound checked and stitches, staples, or drain removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent constipation:

  • Eat a variety of high-fiber foods: High-fiber foods include cooked beans, fruits, vegetables, and some cereals. Ask your primary healthcare provider how much fiber you should have.



  • Drink liquids as directed: Ask your primary healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.

  • Exercise: Regular exercise helps move bowel movements through your colon. Ask your primary healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Ask your primary healthcare provider how much you should weigh. Ask him to help you create a weight loss plan if you are overweight.

  • Rest when you need to while you heal after surgery. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Follow directions about how to bathe or change your bandage.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You are not able to have a bowel movement.

  • You have nausea or are vomiting.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your wound is red, warm, swollen, or draining pus.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe pain in your abdomen.

  • Your abdomen becomes swollen and hard.

  • Your vomit or bowel movements are black or have blood in them.

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.

  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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