I won't scare you to death, because I have been blessed by having the world's easiest takedown!!! I had my colon removed due to UC, in three steps, I had my end ileo about
ten months, and my temp ileo about
two months. I was so scared and paranoid going into takedown. The surgery itself felt like old habit - I mean, I had already had two abdominal surgeries, so what was another??? It actually was a bit easier, since they did not have to make a huge incision like they did for the first two. I did have pain at first when I walked the first day - the internal stiches were pulling and that was a bit painful. The second day I got clear liquids. I tolerated those fine, so the next day I got a full diet. I was so worried about
that first BM! But, at like 2 that morning I was awake (in the hospital, they're always poking you, right?), Anyway, I felt the urge to go. so I got up, unhooked all my IVs and such, and went to the bathroom!!! I could hold it fine I discovered.
So, at first I went often, and woke up probably twice a night. But, I could definitely hold it, and did not have pain. Now I am about
6 weeks out, and I sleep through the night. I've been to a concert, on road trips, and am heading to Disneyland next week. I had one partial obstruction, that was no fun, but it cleared up on it's own.
Keep in mind, my experience is probably the really, really, really good end of the spectrum, but I wanted to share it anyway, so you know that it can work out well. I have heard that some of the complications that can occur are night time leakage, and frequency. But I also have heard many people say that even those things get better with time.
If you have any questions, let me know. It was a very recent experience for me, so it's fresh in my mind! :)
I can also say that I am so happy to have my life back. while my ostomy wasn't horrible, I am am even less chained to the loo than I was then. For me, things have worked out well.
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.