Reversal Surgery set for Monday!

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   Posted 10/31/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

This forum is wonderful for offering advice and support. I have had an ileostomy since January, when I had emergency surgery after a "routine" bowel resection that fell apart after four days . . . giving me peritonitis.

So, all is healed up now, but I am going in Monday for a repair of my abdominal hernia (due to my "open wound" healing) and a reversal of the ileostomy. I have about 2/3 of my colon still, so I am hoping that I will do well.

Any advice about diets and healing? I have read some posts that a low-residue diet is recommended at first. I have Crohns Disease, but it has been in remission . . . I am taking Humira twice a month.

All advice about healing and what to expect is greatly appreciated!!

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   Posted 10/31/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck to you Blossom!  :-) Keep us posted how u r doing ok???

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   Posted 10/31/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck! I was very happy with my reversal. I just today found out I have an abdominal , incisional hernia that will need repaired. Fun times!
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2007. Step 2 & ileosotmy switched to left side - May 27, 2008, and take down August 8, 2008. LIFE IS GOOD.

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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on Monday! :-) Hope it goes well!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blossome28
  It seems everybody's recovery is different so its hard to give advice.
I had my ileostomy reversed 2 weeks ago, I spent a couple of days waiting for my bowels to start working, once I passed gas I was allowed clear fluids and then once I had my first bowel movement I was free to eat.
  I was suprised that the surgeon did not mention anything about diet but I spoke to a nutritionist who suggested I start on a low fiber diet for at least 4 - 6 weeks.
  I had been following that and going for walks daily but somehow developed an obstruction and am now back in the hospital.
I would reccomend being clear with the doctor abput pain medication expectations.  Some pain killers can be highly addictive and cause constipation so its a fine line.  You will definitel need something for when you are home but find out how long they expect you to need it and when you should/can start to taper off it.
  If you are a crohnnie (like me!) then you are familiar with frequent bowel movements, just be prepared with the lotion and soft tissue!
Good luck and keep us posted!!
October 2003 - Dx/ed with Crohn's disease
April 2004 - 2ft of small bowel removed plus complications due to abdominal abcesses - 6 weeks in hopsital
October 2006 - perianal abcess, surgery to have drain inserted
February 2007 - abcess wont heal surgery for temporary ileostomy, started Remicade
Oct 16th, 2008 - Surgery to reverse Ileostomy - in Remission first time ever!!

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   Posted 11/2/2008 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and for sharing your own experiences.  I do find that the doctors are never really aware of all of the discomfort and real-life issues that we all face.  As a 58 year old person with Crohns (for over 30 years!) I have found ways to cope that I am happy to share with others (no Dr. would know). 

Anyway, I am preparing for the knife by listening to Belleruth Naperstek's "A Meditation to Promote Successful Surgery" and I have a good friend who will be giving me Reiki massage today . . . my husband is a registered nurse . . . so life is good!!

I will post when I am out of the hospital to let you all know how it went and thank you again for all of your good words and energy coming my way!!!   Blossom (Peggy)

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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on your upcoming surgery! As a fellow crohnie, my wish for you is that this is your LAST surgery, and that you can continue on with life. Do let us know how things go for you.

p.s. are you a Margaret or a Peggy? I am a Peggy (or so my birth certificate says!)
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Peggy!!  I am actually a Margaret, named after my grandmother (Margaret Franklin Blossom). . . but both of us always were called Peggy. 
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