It may be necessary to have a colostomy if you are suffering from an illness which inhibits the function of the colon; such illnesses can include Crohn’s disease, bowel cancer and diverticulitis. Diverticultitis is a condition which affects the wall of the colon; small pouches form on this wall and become swollen, this can cause severe pain, nausea and a soaring temperature. If you are suffering from one of these illnesses your consultant or team of healthcare staff will be able to explain the options and advise you with reference to the best treatment.
Effect on lifestyle
There are several alternatives to having a colostomy but they may not be as effective for your particular condition. Many people think having a colostomy will radically change their lifestyle; today, however, with modern technology, most patients can expect to live a normal life.
If you are considering having a colostomy you should seek advice from your GP; they will be able to discuss your condition with you and then refer you to a specialist consultant who will be able to provide all the information you need and explain exactly what the procedure involves; they will also be able to advise you how to manage after the procedure has been carried out.