Chapter 06: At the Hospital
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The big day has finally arrived and you present yourself at the hospital ready for everything they can throw at you.
For most younger Colostomists this will be your first major operation, and hopefully your last! So what can you expect to happen during your stay in hospital?
What follows is a rough day by day guide to life on the ward when you're having a Colostomy. Obviously not all hospitals or wards have the same routine or procedures and this is a rough guide only, so don't think you're dying if you get a few extra Doctor's coming to see you, or spend a few days longer in hospital!
Day's one and two are pretty much the same whether you have open surgery or laproscopic/keyhole surgery. These two days cover pre-op prep on day one, and the op iteself on day two. Some keyhole operations will be prepped and the operation done in one day. It's all down to the surgeon and hospital. The recouperation days afterwards though
are very much different, and therefore day 2 onwards will be split into "Open Surgery" and "Key Hole Surgery" versions.
Day One: Open Surgery & Keyhole Surgery
Day Two: Open Surgery & Keyhole Surgery
Day Three: Open Surgery
Day Three: Keyhole Surgery
Day Four: Open Surgery
Day Four: Keyhole Surgery
Day Five: Open Surgery
Day Five: Keyhole Surgery
Day Six: Open Surgery
Day Seven: Open Surgery
Discharge: Open Surgery & Keyhole Surgery