Colostomy and Bowel Obstructions
A patient may have a colostomy, which is a surgical opening in the abdominal wall, as a treatment for a variety of different medical conditions and side effects. There may be risks associated with this condition, including chronic bowel obstructions.
If a patient experiences bowel obstructions after colostomy a health care provider should be contacted quickly to determine how the obstruction can be treated. Once a blockage has been verified based on a combination of symptoms and diagnostic tests, a physician may advise the patient based on the actual symptoms and the degree of the obstruction.
The patient may require hospital treatment. The hospial staff can help keep the colostomy clear and review the patient's symptoms by checking the patient's overall health and monitoring the diet. This allows the patient to feel more comfortable with the colostomy, while reducing future episodes.
A hospital staff member may check for the patient's temperature, respirations and blood pressure. Also, part of an effective treatment plan includes nutrition such as maintaining daily fluid intake based on the patient. For example, a patient with a 2200 calorie food plan would have fluid requirements which differ from those of a patient with a 1800 calorie plan.
Some colostomies are performed yearly with complications ,including blocked obstructions. However, a patient can find the best relief with proper medical care from a qualified health professional experienced in treating colostomies.
Sources: Colostomy Guide