A colostomy is created from a part of the big bowel (Colon in Latin) and is usually placed on the left hand side of the navel. The output is faeces that are usually firm and formed.
Here you'll find useful video guides, types of colostomy and the different product types that have been designed specifically for those that have a colostomy.
After surgery, your stoma may be quite swollen to begin with, but will reduce in size over time – usually after six to eight weeks.
No sensation, no pain
A stoma is red in colour. This is because it is a mucous membrane, just like the mucous membrane inside your mouth. There is no sensation in the stoma, so it is not at all painful to touch. The stoma can bleed a little when being cleaned, especially in the beginning, but this is quite normal, and should stop shortly afterwards.
Stomas come in all different shapes and sizes - some are quite short and sit flat against the belly, while some protrude a little. Some people will have more than one stoma, depending on their condition.