Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Colostomy Problems Bowel Problems

Home care for intestinal ostomies, such as a colostomy, includes:


  • Increase your fluid intake
  • Increase your daily exercise and activity
  • Increase your dietary fiber with whole grains, fruits vegetables

  • Increase your fluid intake
  • Avoid high fiber foods for a few days
  • Use active yogurt cultures after surgery or after taking antibiotics

Excess Gas
Excess gas is almost always related to the diet. With appropriate dietary changes, these problems will resolve. Sometimes medicine is required to help treat these problems. Try avoiding the following foods and beverages:
  • Alcohol
  • Apple juice
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Dried peas and beans
  • Egg plant
  • Fried foods
  • Green peppers
  • Lactose
  • Oat bran
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Prune juice
  • Pumpernickel
  • Raisins
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Sodas
  • Soluble fiber
  • Soy beans
  • Wheat

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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