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Top: End colostomy. Bottom: Loop colostomy.

What will my colostomy look and feel like?

Your colostomy may be flat to your abdomen or it may stand out slightly. It will be soft to touch, pinkish-red in colour and moist; rather like the inside of your mouth. There is no sensation in the stoma, so it is not painful. However, it has a rich blood supply and it is normal for it to bleed a little from time to time, especially when cleaning. Your colostomy is likely to be swollen at first and will take a few weeks to reduce in size. There will be small stitches around the edge of your colostomy, which will either be dissolvable or your Stoma Care Nurse will remove them 1-2 weeks after your operation.