Improving patient care after stoma reversal

Br J Nurs. 2011 Sep 8-22;20(16):S19-20, S22. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2011.20.Sup9.S19.


This article will examine the current service provision for patients who have had a temporary stoma reversal. Findings of a patient survey will be presented, highlighting the support and information received by 27 patients following a stoma reversal operation. Associated literature (Camilleri-Brennan and Steele, 2000; Sailer at al, 2000; Desnoo and Faithfull, 2006; Siassi et al, 2008; Chow et al, 2009) has confirmed a high likelihood of altered bowel function after stoma reversal, but makes less reference to the care that these patients require during the follow-up period. It is recommended that colorectal teams discuss the care implications for patients requiring stoma reversal, and appraise their care delivery to ensure patient needs are met.

MeSH terms

  • Aftercare
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Ostomy / nursing*
  • Patient Discharge
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postoperative Care / nursing*
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Reoperation
  • Self Care
  • United Kingdom