Initiially, and after at least two weeks in hospital after an operation, many patients feel distressed, depressed, and anxious. They may need psychological counseling and certainly as much emotional support and TLC as possible. Other feelings may include anger, frustration, embarrassment, and pain.
Unpleasant signs of an ileostomy may include odor, leakages and wind. Gas (flatulence) can be embarrassing and uncomfortable but can be reduced by avoiding fizzy drinks and chewing your food well. Unpleasant effects of an ileostomy can be managed with practice, perseverance, and following the advice of medical professionals.
A stoma nurse can explain how to use the stoma bag, how to empty it, and any problems. He or she will advise you on how to deal with skin irritation around the abdominal opening. Discussing your predicament with others who are living with an ileostomy can be very helpful.
This will very much depend on what caused the ileostomy procedure to be required in the first place. Age, the patient’s overall health, and the ability and willingness to adjust to living with an ileostomy are key factors. In general, it is perfectly possible for ileostomy patients to live long, healthy, and active lives.
Living with an ileostomy will involve paying close attention to your diet. To prevent food blockages, you should avoid foods like nuts, sweetcorn, and dried fruit. Celery, mushrooms, coconut, and bamboo shoots are others to be careful about.
Initially you should avoid a high-fiber diet as this will make your stool thicker and could cause a blockage. Try out different foods and monitor what happens to your stool consistency. That way you will learn which foods suit you best. Be sure to drink plenty of water as many ileostomy patients suffer from dehydration.
Feel free to contact us if you need more information about our care services and restorative therapies for people living with an ileostomy and colostomy. We are here to answer any questions you may have. You can also walk in any day to see things for yourself.