Post-surgery, you may experience abdominal discomfort as your body adjusts to having had surgery. Your abdomen is swollen and will return to normal over the next few weeks. If you are experiencing pain, this should resolve over the following weeks.
As time progresses, your stoma will get smaller and change shape; this is normal and occurs for the first 6-8 weeks. Restarting activity is essential but start slowly. We recommend walking and adjusting to your new ostomy in the first couple of weeks. Please do not do any lifting. Lifting includes children, dogs, cats, laundry, items such as a 2L milk jug, grocery bags, and even lawn mowing or shoveling snow.
If you notice changes in your body shape, experience leakage, or have questions, make an appointment to see your ostomy nurse.