How long does surgery for an ileostomy last?

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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
How long does surgery for an ileostomy last?  This is my husband's biggest question, as it scared him when I had my colectomy.  I was out a long time.

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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
i think mine lasted like 4 hours or something. Honestlly i am not sure. It depends on the surgeon, and how they do the surgery too. They should be able to give you a pretty good time frame tomorrow!

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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Ask your surgeon. I had a temp ileo and ajpouch created in under 2 hours by a very experienced surgeon. The more experienced the surgeon and the more cooperative the physiology, the quicker the surgery.

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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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   


It does depend on the surgeon, mine was a loop ileo i nhopes a a possible reversal (not going to happen) or kpouch so mine was done in just about 2 hrs vs the five for the TC. If you have any questions you cal always call me....I just went tthrough this and we have very similar if you need to talk i can get you my number.

Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS-C 2000
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
2 JP drains- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008
Botox injections Dec. 17 2008
Dx Anismus- Second opinion U oF M
Recommended at home biofeedback for 2 months, BUT before I could
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009.
Suggested ileostomy April 12 with no resolution.
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering.
Right abdominal abscess and hospitlilization April 20-24
Cleveland Clininc Surgery consult for kock pouch May 27 with Dr. Remzi (understudy of Dr. Fazio)
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"

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