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How is recovery from fecal diversion?

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Hospital stays after fecal diversion average 2 to 3 days. You'll be fitted with a pouch as soon as your surgery is complete. It will take a day or two for your digestive system to become active again. When it does, you'll notice changes in what comes out of your stoma.

While you're recovering, your enterostomal therapist, a nurse trained in stoma care, will change your pouch for you. You'll get coaching so you are able to care for the stoma at home.

Your ET nurse is a great resource. Do not hesitate to call after surgery for support.

From: Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Bowel Diversion Surgeries: Ileostomy, Colostomy, Ileoanal Reservoir, and Continent Ileostomy."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 13, 2017

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Bowel Diversion Surgeries: Ileostomy, Colostomy, Ileoanal Reservoir, and Continent Ileostomy."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 13, 2017

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