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What complications can happen after a colostomy?

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Sometimes after a colostomy, stool can become very watery. To stay hydrated, drink lots of fluids. Include sports drinks, which also replace some of the sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes you've lost. It’s rare, but sometimes a piece of the bowel can push out through the stoma. Doctors call this a prolapse. You may need surgery to fix it.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colostomy: A Guide."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colostomy."

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Ostomy Expanded Version."

Better Health Channel: "Stoma After Ileostomy or Colostomy."

Colostomy Association: “About to Have a Colostomy?"

Sutter Health CPMC: "Caring for Your Ostomy Following Bowel Surgery."

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.: "Basic Ostomy Skin Care: A Guide."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 16, 2018

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