ileostomy reversals

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sweet cheeks
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/19/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
can anyone tell me how long is the normal stay in hospital for a ileostomy reversal i was told by my stoma nurse it would be five days at most is this realistic or is it a dream.

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   Posted 7/19/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   

I had my reversal on May 28th. I was also told the hospitalization would be 5 days to 1 week. Unfortunately for me, I developed some complications (infection) and I ended up being there 18 days.

But, since I got home, things have worked out as predicted.

Good luck whatever you decide.

Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 

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   Posted 7/19/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Mine was 5 days.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/20/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
4 days without complications...

sweet cheeks
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   Posted 7/20/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for your replys it was a great help to me so provided nothing goes wrong it is less than a week is it true that you have to be opened up to do the reversal or can they do it through key hole surgery. sweetcheeks

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   Posted 7/21/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my Ileostomy reversed, and they opened me up to do it. It sucks getting major surgery again, but the good thing was that they cut through my original incision and it's healing up pretty well,. I was worried that the scar would be huge, but it's actually a little bit thinner than it was before...

Good luck!!!
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