If you are admitted for a short period of time, you will be able to go home as soon as you feel ready.
Some people need to stay in hospital for a few days, while others may need to stay for several weeks.
Most people will need to stay in hospital for a few days, but some may need to stay for longer.
You can ask the hospital for more information on the length of your stay.
How long can you expect to stay in hospital?
A few days is the general rule, but some people will need to spend several weeks in hospital.
The length and nature of your treatment will depend on several factors, including your:
How long you had the infection?
The type of infection you have
Whether you have other health problems
It is also important to remember that the length of stay in hospital will depend on the severity of your condition.
How can you feel safe and comfortable?
You can expect to be given pain and infection control medicines to reduce the pain.
You can also expect to have a drip to replace fluids and to give you medicines to help you stay calm.
You can expect to spend some time in bed, but you should be able to get around as long as you need.
You may need to wear a dressing to cover your incision to reduce the risk of infection.
Many people will be given a drip to help keep their blood pressure up.
What will happen during my stay?
You will probably be moved from your bed to a chair or wheelchair when you are first admitted.
You will be given medicines to help you relax and to keep you calm, including a drip to replace fluids and painkillers.
You may also be given medication to help you sleep and to reduce the risk of complications.
Your bed may be in a different place to the one you had before.
You may have a drip that runs through tubes into your stomach and small intestine to help keep your blood pressure up.
You may also have a catheter (a tube) inserted into your bladder to drain any fluid that has built up.
You may be given a dressing to cover the wound.
You will be given pain and infection control medicines. This is to help you feel more comfortable and to help reduce the risk of infection.
You will also be given regular meals and fluids. These will help you stay at a healthy weight.
When you are able to eat and drink normally, you can expect to have meals and snacks at regular times.
Tell your health care team about any other health problems you have, including any medications you take.
You can expect to be able to go home as soon as you feel ready.
What should I do if I feel unwell?
You may need to go to hospital at any time if you feel unwell.
It is important to tell your health care team if you feel unwell.
Your healthcare team will give you instructions about what to do in case you have a problem.
You can also ask the hospital for more information about the symptoms you are having and the hospital’s advice about how to treat them.
When you are in hospital, you can expect to have regular visits from your healthcare team.
Your health care team may be able to give you exercises and some advice to help you manage your condition.
What happens after I finish treatment?
After you have finished treatment, you will need to follow a strict diet.
You may also need to take antibiotics for some time, and you may need to take medicines for some time.
You will need to be careful to avoid any infections for the following weeks. This will include not picking up any infections from your wound or incision.
Ask your doctor when you can return to your normal diet and activities.
You may also need to take some time off work to rest, as you will need to keep up to date with your usual care.
You will probably go home after a few weeks, but you may need to stay in hospital for a few more weeks.
When can I go back to normal activities?
Your healthcare team will give you instructions on how to manage the wound and incision after you have finished treatment.
It is important to follow the instructions they give you and to take any prescribed medicines.
You may need to return to your normal diet and activities, but you should plan to rest and recover.
Ask your doctor when you can resume your usual activities.
You may need some weeks to get used to your normal activities.
Your doctor may also suggest that you take an antibiotic to help prevent any infections.
If you are having problems with any of the medicines they have given you, ask your doctor for more information.
In most cases, people who have had a colostomy will need to wear a pouch for 2 years, although this can vary.
It can take longer for people with a colostomy to get over the initial shock of the operation and to feel comfortable about the surgery.
What can I expect in the long term?
Most people who have had a colostomy will need to wear a pouch for 2 years.
Your pouch will be changed at least once a year. This will mean that you will have to change the pouch every day.
Your pouch will need to be emptied at least once a week.
You may feel more comfortable after a few weeks, but it may take a few months to feel comfortable using the pouch.
You may find it a little more difficult to keep the pouch dry at first. Your doctor can help you learn how to cope with the process.
You should be able to go back to work and normal activities once you have had a chance to settle in.
What are the benefits of a colostomy?
Colostomy is an operation that can be used to help people who have had cancer of the bowel to avoid having to have their bowels examined or treated.
Colostomy can also be used to help people who have had a cancer of the stomach or the intestine.
It can also be used to help people who have had other types of cancer of the large bowel.
Colostomy may also be used to help people who have had an operation to remove a large part of the bowel.
The operation will usually be done in hospital.
Colostomy is usually a short operation, but it may be longer if you have many parts of the bowel removed.
What’s the takeaway?
Colostomy is a common operation that can help people who have had a bowel operation.
It is sometimes used to help people who have had cancer or other conditions that affect the bowel.
Colostomy is usually a short operation, but it may be longer if many parts of the bowel are removed.
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