Meeting your Stoma Care Nurse
Learning about what to expect before, during and after your stoma surgery can help to settle any nerves about your upcoming operation and get you into the right mindset to prepare for the changes that will be happening to your body. You will usually meet your local Stoma Care Nurse soon after your surgery date has been confirmed. They will be able to provide answers to any questions that you may have, as well as talk you through the surgery and recovery process in more detail. Your Stoma Care Nurse will also advise you about the stoma care routine that is required for the type of stoma that you will be receiving, enabling you to feel prepared to care for your stoma once you have returned home.
Stoma site selection
Before your stoma surgery, the Stoma Care Nurse will be required to find the most appropriate place to site your stoma, and mark it on your abdomen using a permanent pen to guide the surgeon. It is important to choose the right site in order to reduce the risk of skin, stoma and pouch complications, or clothing issues. There are many factors to consider when selecting the most appropriate stoma site, so the Stoma Care Nurse might ask you a variety of questions in order to make a fully informed decision. These might include questions about your occupation, your activity level and the type of clothes that you wear. Some of the other factors that need to be considered include existing scars and creases in the skin.