Thanks for the info. Wipes it will be.
Five days before first bowel movement to use the loo? No bowel movement before then, or was it liquid stool? Also, what did they feed you after surgery for how long?
My experience was:
1. Yes, 2 months post takedown should be plenty of time to be ready to return to school. I went camping 6 weeks after surgery and was fine, at 3mos I traveled through Europe.
2. Ask you surgeon if you need to do kegels, many people do not.
3. I went into the hospital the morning of the surgery and stayed 5 days.
4. I had zero pain with the 2nd surgery. All that is really done is closing of the loop ileo. The reason why the hospital stay is long is to give your gut a chance to wake up after surgery. The surgeon will not send you home until you pass gas, eat a meal, and sees that your pouch is functioning. The best thing you can do to encourage progress is to get out of bed and do a lot of walking. Walking will wake up your gut and start motility. I recommend you also bring a variety of diaper rash creams. Some pouchers experience butt burn (I am not one who is afflicted with that) and find relief by using Balmex, Desitin, or Vitamin A&D to protect the skin around the anus. You might also want to get a tube of Calmoseptine (a godsend) ointment which can be found in non chain drug stores or anywhere ostomy supplies are sold. You can order it online too at www.calmoseptineointment.com I never used a bed pan and never had pain. Your frequency will be higher and more liquidy in the begining but will settle down. Be patient, full recovery and predictability can take up to a year.
I am just scheduled for colostomy reversal next week, so, sorry I can't really help you, but I do have additional questions about this reversal that hopefully someone can answer. Immediately after my emergency surgeries (due to ruptured diverticula, and then leaking resection which resulted in this colostomy), my surgeon said no problem at all reversing in 6 months... During my appts w him for preop...in last couple of weeks, he is now saying that I may need a loop ileostomy for 3 months before reversal is final--which I did not expect, and, just last week asked me if I would prefer he do a j-pouch if it came to that.
When I kinda freaked out about that question, he said it would be a rare case...and just wanted to know my preference. I said I couldn't answer that question-as at the time I really don't know a whole lot about j-pouches, and would tell him the morning of surgery----but I'm now wondering if I should postpone this surgery and get some more questions answered, like, how often does this happen? I posted this question before, and got some good answers, and now know much more about j-pouches than I did before. Should I get a second opinion? Why when I have only had 10 inches or so of my colon removed would he suspect that there would be an issue with resecting it? My system seems to be working fine, I am able to eat anything, and have not really had any issues other than a huge parastomal hernia, that now seems to be growing again-why would he be talking about removing my colon when it is working? He saw a few more diverticula in it, but said they were in transverse colon and shouldn't pose a problem. I'm at cleveland clinic, so, I don't really doubt his expertise, but, can't get over the fact that this should be a "simple" resection, and I am having to discuss removal of my entire colon??? Is this a normal discussion to have prior to reversal? thanks for any input