Colostomy - Information, specialists, frequent questions.

Experts in colostomy

Abhay Chopada

Abhay Chopada

Gastrointestinal surgeon, General surgeon

London

Dale Vimalachandran

Dale Vimalachandran

General surgeon

Chester

A D Fox

A D Fox

General surgeon, Vascular surgeon

Shrewsbury

A D Houghton

A D Houghton

General surgeon, Vascular surgeon

Shrewsbury

A D R Schofield

A D R Schofield

Gastroenterologist, General surgeon

Shrewsbury

A M M Mudawi

A M M Mudawi

General surgeon

Gateshead

Questions about Colostomy

Our experts have answered 4 questions about Colostomy

How long does it take for the intestine...

How long does it take for the intestine to work properly after the reconstruction?

Mr. Donald Menzies
Mr. Donald Menzies Gastrointestinal surgeon, General surgeon, Medico legal expert Colchester
This rather depends on what sort of reconstruction you have had.
If you have had part of you colon removed then your bowel will start working any time from 48hours to 5-6 days. It is usually quicker if it is the right colon that has been removed and the return to a regular habit will be 1-4 weeks. If the left colon or your rectum has been removed then a normal bowel habit may take longer to acheive.

If you have had a colostomy closed or reversed then your bowels should start to work 2-3 days later, but may take some weeks to settle into a regular habit.
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How do I recover from the colostomy...

How do I recover from the colostomy wound?

Mr. Abhay Chopada
Mr. Abhay Chopada Gastrointestinal surgeon, General surgeon London
The colostomy is an opening of the bowel on the abdomen. It will heal like any other wound over a few weeks and usually needs attention from trained nurses called stoma therapy nurses.
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How long does surgery take to close...

How long does surgery take to close off a colostomy and how many days will you be in hospital?

Mr. William Frederick Anthony Miles
Mr. William Frederick Anthony Miles Colorectal surgeon, General surgeon Worthing
It depends how the colostomy was formed. If it is a double barrelled colostomy then both ends of the colon will be at the skin. These are relatively easy to close the operation takes about an hour and if there are no complications about a 4 day stay. If only one end of the colon is at the skin the other will be inside the abdomen. this is called a Hartmann's procedure. This is more complicated to close and the operation may take longer. The operation may be done by Keyhole surgery or open surgery and the recovery may be anything from 4 days to 14 days the average in about 7 days.
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