How are wounds and stoma managed following colon resection (colectomy)?

Updated: Apr 05, 2021
  • Author: David E Stein, MD, MHCM; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, FRCS, MS, MBBS, PhD, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
  • Print
Answer

Wounds and stomas must be examined daily. Both the intactness of the stoma and the output from it must be monitored. If stoma output exceeds 2 L/day, it may be necessary to start loperamide. Like patients with high-output enterocutaneous fistulas, patients with high-output stomas are at risk for electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. Therefore, losses may have to be replaced with IV fluids.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!