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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/11/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone! I had ulcerative colitis and decided to have the surgery seeing as no medicine was working. i had the first step of surgery on July 8th. Since then ive had three hospital stays for blockages. My reversal is scheduled for Oct 7... almost there, but im starting to have symptoms of another blockage (they're due to a kink in my intestine right behind my stoma. I have a red rubber cathater inserted into my stoma to try and keep the passage open, each time i go in the cathater gets bigger) I talked to my doctor and he's really trying to wait until the 7th to do the reversal, but he said if i end up in the hospital agian before then he's just going to do reverse the ostomy. So i guess my question is has anyone had their reversal done before the three month period was up and does everything work alright? Im hestitant to have the reversal early because im afraid my j-pouch isnt ready to work. Any help would be appreciated!
22yr old college student
1st step in the J-pouch surgery- July 8th,2008
2nd step- October 7th, 2008....almost here!

Equestrian Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/11/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, you are almost there...are there any activities that you are doing that might be making the situation worse? Do you carry a backpack full of books? Sleep in a funny position?

I know its no fun, but what about a VERY low residue diet? That might be able to keep things moving for the 27 days you have left...Hang in there, when this is all over, you WILL have a great life ahead of you.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 9/11/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I had mine after 8 weeks. My doctor only suggested a two month wait, so I would assume you have a good chance of everything being fine. Also, they do jpouch surgeries in ONE step, so it must be okay, right? ;)
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2008.

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   Posted 9/11/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   

My takedown was at 8 weeks too.  Remember this surgrery is done in one step, no healing so takedown anytime is okay.


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

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