When will the stoma begin to work?

When will the stoma begin to work?

Your stoma will start working right away or within a few days, depending on whether you have a urostomy, ileostomy or colostomy.


Your stoma will begin to work immediately after your urostomy operation. The tubes that will be placed in the urostomy will be left until everything functions normally, usually after seven to ten days.

Your urine could be quite red at first, but don't be alarmed – it will soon return to its usual colour. There will likely also be mucus in the urine from your stoma; this is simply part of the 'lining' of the intestine and is nothing to worry about.

When will the stoma begin to work?

Ileostomy or colostomy

Within a few days, your stoma will begin to work. At first, the output will be quite watery, and there could be strong smells and some noisy wind from the stoma because your bowel has been inactive for a while. This will settle as you get up and about and start eating more again.

In the beginning, you might feel a need to go to the toilet as you did before – but the urge will disappear over time. If your anus is still present there may be some mucus discharge from it.

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