Pre- & post-operative
Allow your dietician to optimize your nutritional status prior to surgery to help support positive outcomes and a quicker recovery time.
Postoperatively it could take a while to get back to your usual eating pattern. Good nutritional support post-surgery has shown to improve positive outcomes.
An ostomy is a surgical procedure where an alternative route is created for stools/waste to be removed from the body. In an ileostomy, the stoma (bag) is attached to the ileum; in a colostomy, the stoma (bag) is attached to the colon.
In both types of ostomies, you will be guided by your dietician in terms of nutrition. After an ostomy you should be cautious of what you eat for the first 3 to 6 weeks, after that a relatively normal diet can be enjoyed. Special dietary changes can be made if common side effects occur.
Hospital nutrition is a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms via the use of a specifically tailored nutritional intervention and is monitored by a registered dietician. Treatment are based upon the patient's diagnosis, medical record, treatment plan, clinical evaluation, symptoms and nutritional status (adapted from Skipper, 2009).