Colostomy Reversal

Hi Everyone. I had my colostomy reversal on Jan. 30th and am still in the hospital. All indications so far are that it will be successful. The pain isn’t as bad as the initial surgery in October so I am hoping my recovery will be better as well.  I had a low sigmoid ostomy following a diverticular abscess that would not respond to draining or antibiotics. It has been quite an ordeal. I will keep you posted on my daily progress if that would be helpful to those of you who are scheduled for this. Three days out I am on full liquids, IV’s, ambulation as tolerated and very little pain medication. Small amts of stool today that were bloody but was told this is normal at first. I am looking forward to better and better days.

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Colostomy Reversal

Deciding Against A Reversal. Am I Crazy?????????

I have decided to have a permanent ileostomy in Jan 2014 instead of a reversal after weighing up the pros & cons of both. Does anyone else think this is a crazy idea? This is the impression I get from all the different doctors I have met at the hospital following check ups after my 1st OP in Feb 2013. They are quite surprised with my decision and make me feel like I am making a weird choice.

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Deciding Against A Reversal. Am I Crazy?????????

Colostomy Reversal

I have a colostomy and have had it now for about 2 months.  My surgeon said it can be reversed and I have a follow up with her in January to hopefully begin the process of testing for the reversal.  She said at my last visit though that sometimes they have to do an ileostomy because things need to heal.  I am so scared that I will go into surgery and wake up with this.  I also am fearful that even though she said it can be reversed what if they can’t do it?  I am only 42 and this has affected me greatly.  I am so depressed and anxious all the time.  I just want to be myself again without the bag.  Has anyone with a colostomy went in for reversal and had to have a temporary ileostomy?  Any advice would be helpful.  Any tips on accepting this until the reversal?  I ahm so depressed and don’t want to go anywhere or do anything.  I am happy to be alive but I can’t seem to shake this depression.

Thanks 

Lori

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Colostomy Reversal

Ileostomy Reversal- Successful…Positive….A Must Read

Hi …i had a emergency ileostomy done in feb 2012. I was on life support and in a coma in icu for over 4 weeks.

It was a shock to wake up with this bag hanging off me….they said they could do a reversal….in a few months…

Well a few months turned into 15 months….because i had a infection and plus the surgery was scheduled 4 times and cancelled….twice by the doctor..to put a emergency in my spot and twice i made it to the operating room only to have it cancelled because of my lungs…

I was very nervous…because i had read all these horror stories online about going to the washroom 30 times a day for the first bit after surgery and also not having control and then maybe after a year going six to ten times a day..depending.

I also had my surgeon tell me three times what a high risk surgery it was and how i could die of all these different things…
with everything i read and heard i almost did not do it…

anyway i finally had it done…4 weeks ago….And i am happy to say i am so so glad i did it…

the pain was bad after the surgery for a few days…i had a epiderul but then they removed it ..one doc said it was not working.. so they put me on pain pump….and i can tell you the epiderul was working…

Anyway…two days after surgery i had one bm loose…Then they said i had to wait till i had gas or regular bm to go home…after i started eating regular food…A week later nothing had happened so they sent me home anyway…

the second day home i threw up …after eating breakfast…and had another loose bm.

After that i waited for the running to the washroom to start…like i was told and what i had read about…..A week later i had nothing still….i was getting worried….But then finally i went to the washroom and it was completely normal….

since that day…i have gone to the washroom once a day first thing in the morning and that is is….It had been a completely normal bm….I have been 3 weeks like this…..Only once a day……NO lost of control..no running 30 times…no diarhea..

I have no large bowel left….only a small bowel….All the horror stories i have read…and all the worry was for nothing…

I swore if i had a good out come i would write about it…because i only found one positive story when i was reading on the internet…and it was because of that lady or angel i should say that i went through with my surgery…She was only going 3 times a day….

I count my blessings…i am unsure how i will be in a year but i figure if i am this good now…i am very blessed and lucky so i want everyone considering a reversal to not listen to all these horror stories..We are all different and there are people like me that have had great outcomes…..they probably just do not come back to write about it….

all the best to all of you….

glad to be back to normal…..after lots of prayers…...

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Ileostomy Reversal- Successful…Positive….A Must Read

Reversal Surgery

Am wondering if anyone can share what to expect after reversal surgery? I’ve read too many horror stories about the pain from gas and severe and frequent bowel movements up to 20 times a day!!! Had ruptured appendix that almost killed me 4 months ago and came out of surgery with a bag. Am so grateful it can be reversed in a couple months 

 

please any stories will help me understand what to expect!

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Reversal Surgery

Colostomy Reversal & Hernia Repair

Hi , my name is pippa and I am looking for advise and other people’s opinion on colostomy reversal & hernia repair it will be getting done all at the same time, which I think is good.

I had a colostomy last July through emergency surgery its a long story so will get to the point I had septicimia, septic shock, all my major organs were starting to close down lots and lots of complications anyway am having my reversal in october. Not to mention I am very scared about the whole thing but realise it has to be done I have had  the nescessary tests and am good to go. My questions are:-

1. How long does it take to recover ( I think around six weeks but not sure )

2. What is the success rate of colostomy reversal but more important the Hernia repair.

3. My surgeon has said he is going to do a Pig Mesh ( Laboratory Grown ) over my hernia. Please understand I am soooo nieve to all this and when he explained things I thought I was taking it all in but you come out thinking " I dont remember what he said " so if anyone can shed some light on my questions especially this last question would be ever so greatful. Anyway information about this mesh would be so helpful .

Once again thanks in advance Pippa .

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Colostomy Reversal & Hernia Repair

Huge Parastomal Hernia .. Will It Affect The Reversal?

a melon sized hernia appeared overnight.. it is uncomfortable but im worred about a few things..
i want to have a hartmans reversal in 12 months and im worried if it will affect the reversal,.. they want to do the op at the time of reversal, but if it gets any bigger and  if they have to operate sooner, will that reduce chance of success?

Also im worried about bowel strangulation as i already live with PTSd from almost dying from bowel perforation, my fear is escalated with the arrival of the hernia.

Lastly.. its so visible and i feel like such a freak with a huge one sided hump.. does anyone else feel self concious and how large are your hernias>
peace, bluebel

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Huge Parastomal Hernia .. Will It Affect The Reversal?

What/how To Prepare For Successful Reversal

I would like to prepare myself for successful reversal. I would like to hear from those who have gone through this process, what to expect, what to prepare…
I love to hear positive experience, not negative one. I am mentally and visually preparing for a SUCCESSFUL surgery! It’s going to be successful!!

what I know so far are

  1. kegal exercise
  2. bring wet wipe to the hospital
  3. installing bide in my washroom
  4. stock up on diapers/large pads
  5. get water proof mattress pads for my bed
  6. visualization on success/positive attitude/prayers
  7. optimal health

There must be a lot more doctors won’t tell me. Any specific foods item I should stock up? When can I go back to work? I work from home. How about scar, pain?? Any supplement like probiotics? Any herbal tea?? Acupuncture??

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What/how To Prepare For Successful Reversal

Reversal Is Friday – Pretty Scared

  Hi, All.I decided to do it. Friday morning I am going to have a reversal. I just had the colostomy August 22 – so this is pretty soon (from what folks on here have said) but my doctor is very confident. Course he is the guy who punctured my colon during a hernia repair. Perotonitis came next – then – The Bag…

The last surgery almost did me in – literally. I admit to being really, really scared about this next one. I don’t have an infection this time and my doctor’s partner is going to do this one with him. I have lost 50 pounds and am strong now.  I just can’t get past this fear that I am on the way "out".

Wish me luck! I should be in the hospital for 5 or 6 days and depending on how I am doing – I may have to spend some time in rehab (we live on the second floor and I have to be able to climb the stairs before I can come home again). I will log on before I go to the hospital and after I get back to let you know how it turned out.

Thanks for all the advice and kind words I have received here.

bye

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Reversal Is Friday – Pretty Scared