Yes, you can have takedown as soon as you wish. Remember, they often do these surgeries without a temp ostomy. My takedown was at 8 weeks, my surgeon usually does them at 6 weeks. Like you I was more then ready to move on.
Hi Ron! I had a subtotal colestomy with ileal rectoscopy and rectopexy done last Sept'05. My surgeon told me I could have had my ileostomy reversed in six weeks; BUT, I lost a lot of weight by Oct 31 05 before I could have my reversal, I had to have a PICCLine (TPN) due to malnutrition/dehydration. Within six weeks, I gained 25 lbs and had my reversal ileostomy four days before Christmas. I, too, had to have a barium enema to make sure everything was healing properly and that there were no leaks or air pockets. Believe me if your surgeon though you were not ready for the reversal ileostomy, they would not do it until you are 100%. It seems like forever when you have an ostomy bag, you start thinking negative thoughts that it will never get reversed, but in the end everything does goes well. Just remember to get plenty of rest and relaxation after your reversal ileostomy and drink lots of fluids like Propel flavored water with calcium by the makers of Gatorade or even just regular water and remember to eat! Good Luck and be well!
Angel, any more tips on recovery? Like diet?
I am having to take Imodium three or four times a day to keep things consistent right now.
But after the take down operation I'm not sure what to eat. I lost 20 pounds in about 2 weeks. But I have not lost any more in the past 2-3 weeks.
Will my diet change after the operation?