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After ostomy surgery, people should avoid large amounts of liquids with meals drink plenty of liquids between meals eat regularly avoid high-fiber foods on an empty stomach introduce new foods gradually chew foods thoroughly People should talk with their health care provider or dietitian about what diet is right for them. Narrowing of the stoma makes it difficult for stool to pass through the stoma. You may be able to suck on ice chips on the same day as your surgery. When you first see your colostomy, it may appear dark red and swollen, with bruises. Most people can return to work about 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.