Foods to Eat and Avoid After Colostomy Surgery
Life after colostomy may be a little different, sometimes temporarily, and it may take some time to adapt to it. Colostomy surgery involves diverting the end part of the digestive system. One end of the colon is connected to a stoma which is attached to a pouch. The pouch collects feces. Many patients are self-conscious about it. However, with time, they learn to manage their colostomy bag.
One of the things patients and their families need to learn is what the colostomy diet after surgery should be. It is important to have a colostomy diet plan in place before the patient arrives home from the hospital.
After colostomy surgery, some online research into a colostomy food guide will be necessary. There you will find many colostomy diet recipes. Below is what we recommend you eat:
Foods you should include in your diet after colostomy surgery
You need to eat a balanced diet and try as far as possible to include all the food groups in your daily food intake.
In the wake of a colostomy, consider consuming some of these foods:
- The live and active cultures in yogurt are good for a recovering digestive system.
- Cranberries, bananas, and applesauce.
- White toast and well-cooked white rice
- Buttermilk, tapioca, and applesauce
Over time, you can start introducing different foods slowly into your diet. The colostomy bag should not represent a permanent dietary obstacle. Try some different foods and work out by a process of elimination what does not work for you.
A guide to foods not to eat when you have a colostomy bag
After colostomy surgery, you need to give your digestive time to recover. During this period, there are foods you should avoid. They may have a negative impact on digestion and affect your colostomy bag.
Stay away from these foods when you’ve recently had colostomy surgery:
- Dairy products
- Fried food or any fatty meats, including potato chips
- Foods that are very high in fiber such as wheat bran cereals and whole grain bread
- Sweet treats such as cake, cookies, candy, and chocolate
- Beans, peas, and lentils
Measures to put in place to prevent complications with your colostomy bag
Several complications may present themselves after colostomy surgery. They include ballooning which is a buildup of gas in the colostomy bag. Some gas in the bag is normal, and the bag releases it. But too much gas can be a problem.
There is also pancaking which happens when a vacuum is created in the bag. This usually happens just after the bag has been changed. The best thing to do is to blow into the bag before attaching it to the stoma.
More serious risks include a blockage or a hernia. There can also be internal bleeding, the wound might break open, or an infection can develop. These can have life-threatening implications and should be treated seriously. They can also affect the success of your colostomy surgery.
After colostomy surgery, you need to take special care of your body. Follow the instructions and dietary guidelines your medical practitioners recommend. They will help you recover and return to a normal life.