ileostomy surgery

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello friends,
My name is Mary. My father Tom had ileostomy surgery 2 weeks ago and is having a difficult recovery. He was pleased to elect surgery and knows his life will improve after years of chronic ulcerative colitis. However, lack of progress since surgery has him discouraged. He needed an NG tube due to bloating, non-stop hiccups and lack of drainage, then once they let him try to drink and eat he experienced 3 days of bloating and vomiting. He’s back on NPO and seems to be getting excellent care so we assume he will get past this. It's hard not being able to help him more. Thank you in advance for thoughts and encouraging words.
Smiles to you all.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry your dad is having trouble. I went through the same thing after my ileostomy surgery. It took 10 days for it to start working, so I had an NG tube in and was vomiting a lot. Tell him to hang in there, because once it starts working, he is going to feel soooo much better! And, it will start working soon. Sometimes surgeons don't tell you that it can take up to 2 weeks for the stoma to work and how miserable you will feel until it does.

As soon as he gets output from the ileostomy, they will clamp off the NG tube and take it out after 4-8 hours without vomiting. Then, they will allow him to have liquids (broth), then full liquids (cream soups), and then a regular diet. If he tolerates food without throwing up and his ileostomy keeps working, then he can go home. It all happens very quickly once the ostomy starts working.

One thing that really helps is for him to walk the halls as much as possible. Walking helps wake up the bowels, so they'll start working faster. I hope he gets relief soon!
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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