What happens right after the procedure?
The person often spends 5 to 7 days in the hospital after an ileostomy. Stool should start draining from the stoma about 72 hours after surgery. Food is not given until the bowel becomes active again. Before the person leaves the hospital, he or she is taught to care for the ileostomy. Advice regarding day-to-day living with an ostomy is given. The individual may be referred to support services, such as the United Ostomy Association.