Early postoperative complications following ostomy surgery: a review

J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. Sep-Oct 2009;36(5):513-9; quiz 520-1. doi: 10.1097/WON.0b013e3181b35eaa.


This article reviews early postoperative complications in adults undergoing ostomy surgery. Whether the ostomy is the result of an emergent or elective procedure, the WOC nurse and staff nurses are responsible for monitoring and ensuring quality healthcare for the patient. Nevertheless, many patients undergoing ostomy surgery experience a complication during the early postoperative period. Early postoperative complications not only influence immediate postoperative care but may also impact quality of life for the person living with an ostomy. Keen assessment skills, early recognition of signs and symptoms of a complication, and prompt interventions are crucial to maintaining a viable stoma and a successful surgical outcome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Constriction, Pathologic / etiology
  • Cost of Illness
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Enterostomy* / adverse effects
  • Enterostomy* / nursing
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases / etiology
  • Necrosis
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Postoperative Care* / methods
  • Postoperative Care* / nursing
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Prolapse
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Care* / methods
  • Skin Care* / nursing
  • Surgical Wound Dehiscence / etiology
  • Urinary Diversion* / adverse effects
  • Urinary Diversion* / nursing