Early days at home after your stoma surgery

When you are first discharged from hospital after your stoma surgery, you will feel tired and find everyday tasks such as having a shower exhausting.

This is normal and will improve over time. You should not need to stay in bed when you get home, but you will need plenty of rest, and should make time for a nap during the day.

Initial discomfort

You may experience some pain and discomfort initially whilst recovering from your stoma surgery. This is a normal part of recovery and you may need to take regular pain relief. There is no need to suffer! Avoid tight fitting clothing during this period as your abdomen may be sore and swollen.

Asking for help

It is normal to feel emotional after major surgery, so don’t worry if you have ‘down’ or ‘teary’ days to begin with. Talking to family and friends can be helpful – don’t feel you need to cope alone.

Your Stoma Care Nurse is there to support you, and there are patient support groups who can help too. Don’t be frightened to ask for help.

Changing your stoma bag will be slow at first, but with practice and as you gain confidence, this will become part of your normal daily routine.

Tips for early stoma surgery recovery

Below you can find a list of helpful tips for early recovery following on from your recent stoma surgery:

  • It is advisable to go for a short walk daily.
  • You should be able to manage stairs.
  • Spread tasks over the day and rest in between, but remember you are likely to feel more tired as the day goes on.
  • Do not lift anything heavier than a half-full kettle.
  • You will be able to make small light meals.
  • You must not drive in the early days after your surgery because you are still sore and may have restricted movement.
  • Certain medication can affect your ability to drive.

Overcoming common stoma problems

Below you will find some common stoma problems which you may experience in your every day life, along with information on how to overcome these issues with your stoma:​


stoma bag leakageLeakage is a big concern for many people with a stoma. Read more information about leakage and find out how to prevent leakage.

Prevent Leakage


ballooningBallooning is a problem for many people with a stoma. Read more information about ballooning and find out how to help manage ballooning.

Overcome Ballooning


pancakingPancaking is a problem for many people with a stoma. Read more information about pancaking and some helpful tips to manage pancaking.

Overcome Pancaking

Sore Skin

sore skinSore skin around your stoma is common. Read more information about sore skin and find out how to overcome sore skin.

Overcome Skin Irritation


bleedingBleeding when you wipe your stoma is common and nothing to be alarmed about. Read more information regarding bleeding here.

Overcome Bleeding


herniaParastomal hernias are a concern for many people with a stoma. Read more about parastomal hernia, how to help prevent its development and practical ways of coping with a parastomal hernia.

Prevent Stoma Hernia


sore skinIndividuals can sometimes experience a stoma prolapse. Read more information about prolapsed stomas and find out how to overcome a prolapsed stoma.

Overcome Stoma Prolapse

Adjusting to life with a stoma bag

Below you will find some helpful stoma advice, which can help you adjust your life with a stoma bag:

Problems You May Experience

Find out more information on the common problems you may experience with an ostomy.

Find out more

Diet and Hydration advice

Read our diet and hydration advice for people who are living with a stoma.

Find out more

Medical Advice

Learn more information regarding ostomy medical advice.

Find out more

Travelling & Holidays

Read our helpful advice & tips for people who are travelling with a stoma.

Find out more

Sex, Intimacy & Relationships

Find out all about life with a stoma, including help dealing with intimacy.

Find out more

Training & Exercise

Read our advice on how to exercise and train with a stoma.

Find out more

Body Image & Clothing

Read our suggestions that may help you to choose your clothing after stoma surgery.

Find out more

Emotional Challenges

Find out more information about learning to cope with your stoma emotionally.

Find out more

Tips for ongoing recovery:

Below you can find a list of helpful tips for ongoing recovery after your stoma surgery:

  • Over the next few weeks, increase the amount of activity that you are doing as your body allows.
  • Continue to rest when you get tired.
  • Continue to avoid heavy lifting due to the risk of developing a hernia.
  • If you do need to lift; keep the objects close to your body, bend knees and wear a light support garment. Your Stoma Care Nurse will be able to advise you.
  • Household activities such as ironing can be done sitting down.
  • Continue to walk on a daily basis, going further over the weeks.
  • Avoid stretching up to reach high cupboards.
  • You should be able to drive after 3–6 weeks, depending on your type of surgery but you MUST check with your insurance company.
  • Continue the abdominal exercises you were taught in hospital.

Our Stoma Care Products

Please see below the stoma care products which are available for you to try after you stoma surgery:

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Drainable Products

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Urostomy Products

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Get your stoma bags and additional products delivered directly to your home with Medilink®, our stoma prescription dispensing and home delivery service.

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