Hi Y'all! I had my ileostomy reversal done on March 9th and just thought I would write some encouraging words for anyone else facing the same. I was only in hospital three days and had very little pain. I appreciate that I have been extremely lucky. Once I got home I had no problem at all with diarrhea, butt burn, etc......my problem was actually the opposite...constipation. Once I got things moving it was fine and has been ever since. I just have to be careful not to let myself get constipated. For this I use ground flax seed daily and prune juice when I feel I need it. Other than that things are so GREAT!! I just wanted to post the experience I had with it so that it hopefully may encourage others facing reversal in the near future. I am so happy I had it done and full of gratitude for each day. I feel great and very very blessed!!~~~Cheryl
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09