Post surgery restrictions (cleaning, lifting, sports, etc)? How long? It will depend on type of surgery...open vs. lapro...if you haven't had other surgeries, I would suggest finding a doc that does lapro (shorter recovery)
How long off work? also, depends on surgery
Pain management? everyone is different...I do vicodin and dilaudid
location – right or left? Reasoning? Ileo on right...Colostomy on left...usually!!
What kind of incision? How big? Depends on type of surgery
Will I have an ostomy nurse to help with bag changes until comfortable? In the hospital, they'll do the majority, but they'll want you to try...you may be able to get a home nurse to help for a week or so, but the sooner you do it the better you'll be. My hubby has NEVER changed mine, but some spouses do change them
How long is the surgery? Depends
What does the opening look like? The stoma? it's a "red rosebud" look on line for pics
How does the hole stay sealed around the bag? technology...great adhesive stuff:)
How long will I stay under post-surgery? everyone is different
Will I receive supplies in the hospital? Enough to go home for how long? They'll give you a few changes and place an order that will be sent to your house.
How is showering with an ostomy bag? Will I required to wait for a certain time period post surgery? Usually you can shower right away, but you'll probably have to be careful with your incision...I just covered it with plastic wrap until my staples were out.
How long do you go without eating? What’s the gradual process back to food? Once your bowels wake up (gas/output) you'll start on liquids and progress to softs and then low residue for whatever your doc prefers
How long is the prep? What is it like? If you have to do it, it depends what your doc likes...but they sux so go to clears a day or so before to make it easier on you.
I like to know my answers before I ask the question...it gives me a better perspective...so I answered these. You may have more now, but you've got great ones for your doc...not long now
Post Edited (OHIO76) : 4/3/2009 12:46:09 PM (GMT-6)