What is included in enterostomal nursing care and patient education 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...
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Patients with colostomy need enterostomal nursing care and education on how to take care of the stoma at home. Many patients benefit from a home visit by a nurse. The operation performed and the type of ostomy created dictate when and how the patient can have sex—for example, whether a gay man can engage in receptive anal intercourse (RAI). Such issues are sensitive ones that patients might be reluctant to raise but that nevertheless should be addressed by either the surgeon or the enterostomal therapy nurse.


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