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well that was a tad upleasant!

i had my revarsal on the 15th november and today is the first day i have felt any were near ok.
there has been a lot of pain and a lot of constipation. i have so far not trusted a fart and for good reson.
i have worked out that if i take around 7 mil of lactolose morning and evening i can manage a poo but with out it i am unable to push anything out. if i take the stated 15 mil then i am in agony for he whole experience.
the worst pain is the incisional hernia repair, which was fixed with mesh 12inch by 9 inch it was a lage hernia, he has managed to tuck a lot of it back in but i will never have the flat tum i did 2 years ago.
i  have a large amount of novo mini caps which i now dont need. they are very handy for swimming or intimate times. i used them for my egular bag.
if you would like some let me know and i will send (just send me the stamps/postage)

thing’s i did not expect
waking from the op with a tube up my bum and 2 stiches holding it in. very painfull
a tuby grip bandage around my tum which needs to be here for 3 months
swift recovery time
not being able to get control back more quickly.
waking up with a tube down my nose and in to my tum, very unplesant
having a large drain pulled ut of my side when various bit’s of me were stuck on it. felt like being disembowled, and nice for visitors to hear the screams.
funny thing pain , when it is over it is all forgotton.
at some stage i am sure i will be pleased i have had my reversal , but right now is not that day.
sunny x

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Severe Nausea, Pain & Bloatedness After Reversal

Hi I’m a newby so forgive my lack of knowledge but wondered after reading the boards if anyone after having a stoma reversed could offer any help on recovery time.

My husband had a reversal of his Ileostomy 20th July 2010.

In Jan 2010 he woke up with stoma bag after a 10hr emergency surgery to save his life after a Pancreas Transplant went wrong.
Currently he is in a lot of pain, abdomen very swollen, bloated feeling all the time, severe nausea & has gained 11lb yet hasnt eaten.

He was thinking he would be back at work within two weeks but reading the forum it sounds like years rather than weeks!!
Thankyou in advance. Kizzed x

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Successful Ostomy Reversal

I am almost 3 weeks since reversal date and all has gone well.  Haven’t needed pain meds for 3 days now and am sleeping on my sides again so all that is big progress for me.  The large gaping hole where my stoma was is closing up more each day.  I have times where I am running to the bathroom to get there on time, but not always.  I mostly feel in control but am comforted by being able to have a restroom nearby available.  There are days I go several times a day and others twice.  No loose bms. My hemorrhoid friends are back occasionally and if there is one plus to a colostomy it is not having those pia things around.  After major complications with my first surgery I was very scared going into this one, but I found a new surgeon and hospital with this surgeon being a colorectal specialist, which I highly recommend.
I have recently started to go on short shopping trips and outings again too so I really feel I am getting my life back.  Can’t wait for the hole in my tummy to close completely and forthe first time in almost a year be with hubby with nothing but the real me in my frontal areas!  

Wanted to share the success to give hope to others as I think too many folks get rid of the bag and don’t bother posting as it is a time that I’d like to forget, but we need to hear success and not forget those who need the hope and support of those who have been there.  
Need to look into donating my supplies locally now!  

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Count Down To Reversal…

Hello everyone.
I just found and joined this site a few days ago. I wish I had discovered it sooner. So many helpful tips and hints that even the hospitals dont seem to know.
Anyway, with that being said I begin the count down to my ileostomy reversal.
Five weeks from today.
I know that sounds like its far away, but in my head it’s coming fast and I have no idea what to expect.
A brief history of what happened to me, starts at the end of May 2011. I awoke in the middle of the night with severe cramps and vomiting. A few hours later I was on the table. The doctors say that my large intestine ruptured and I  became septic. I was transferred to a larger hospital when they couldnt stabilize my vital signs. I was kept in a coma for 10 days and awoke with an ileostomy.
The surgeon tells me he removed a foot each of my small and large intestine that was damaged as well as my appendix since he was in the neighbourhood. He gave me the ileostomy as a precaution, to allow my body to recover.
Unfortunatly my extended period in a coma left me with paralysis, foot drop and neuropathy in my legs and hands. I had to learn to walk, write and handle basic tasks all over again.
I was dependant on a wheelchair and walker for an extended period. I was hospitalized for over 50 days.
The reversal surgery had been postponed due to my overall condition and fears i may not be strong enough to handle another surgery.

Since then i have been doing regular physio and feeling much better. I even managed to put back on 20 of the 60 pounds i lost over the summer.

Surgically, since my release from hospital there have been no complications, no pain, no fever, nothing to indicate a problem.

I colonoscopy a few weeks ago showed all is well and the date has been set for Feb 21, 2012.

Nothing to do but wait now..

After all that, if you are still reading, can anyone offer tips, suggestions or even thoughts on what to expect post op?

Thanks and best wishes to everyone here.


P.S. I will admit that after reading several posts in this section, there seems to be a lot of negativity concerning complications after reversal…should i consider not having it done?

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Count Down To Reversal…