Reversal of Ileostomy

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Twinkles
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/23/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
 
Just wondered if anyone could offer any advice on what things would be like after an Ileostomy reversal following a sub total colectomy (with about 20cm of large bowel left).  Is there any hope of things ever being 'normal'?
 
Thanks
Twinkles

Jazzism
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   Posted 3/2/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my reversal on the 20th after 5 months. Not that long compared to many others.

I have chronic diarrhea for a week and a half now. Have had a number of accidents. My incision has packing and a dressing that needs replacing every day by a home visit nurse. Not sure if that's the norm or not.

I started having movement the next evening after the reversal which the doctor is impressed with. But none of them can tell me how long this diarrhea will last, I must take immodium so I feel confident enough to go out and be active.

I like to hear of others as well.

jetta3
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   Posted 3/2/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dad had a reversal done on Feb.6, 7 months after the original surgery.  He had some major diarrhea issues while in the hospital following the surgery, once things started going, but since returning home he has started a routine of having a movement every 2 days.....not diarrhea ish....but a formed stool.  His incision has healed, they actually removed the stitches before he left the hospital and we visited the surgeon last week and he was pleased with the progress.  I think every one is different and patience is important.  Good luck.

Twinkles
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   Posted 3/3/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes you're right everyone is different and there are sooooo many stories on here from one extreme to the other - I guess I will just have to wait and see.  Thanks - hope your dad is doing OK.
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