How Do You Manage Constipation When You Have a Colostomy?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 6, 2020 7:47:09 AM ET

To manage constipation with a colostomy, remember the way you managed the problem prior to surgery and use the same techniques, but avoid the use of laxatives without first talking to a doctor, advises the American Cancer Society. Some constipation can be relieved with a change in diet.