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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 687
   Posted 7/17/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
So I think...I am going to be able to have a reversal. Just some questions on the procedure..
- How long does the surgery last?
- How is the recovery?
- How many days are you i n the hospital?
- ANY info would help or any personal experiences....
Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009 and eremgency ileostomy 4/13
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering woth abdominal abscesses out 4/24
Cleveland Clinic in six weeks for further testing....awaiting approval.
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 7/17/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctors all say that I need to wait at least 6 months before I (and they) can even talk about a reversal of my ileostomy. April 09 I lost about 20 lbs and was in ICU for over a month because I
was in sepsis shock.
I do not have an "appetite" and have to eat and drink even when I don't feel like it
does anyone else have trouble gaining weight/eating an adequate amount of calories?
thanks, alamo

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 262
   Posted 7/17/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lizzie!  I had my reversal on March 9th.  I went in hospital on a Monday, had surgery same day, and came home on Thursday.  It was MUCH less painful than my original surgery and the recovery time was really alot faster.  I didn't even lose a pound...(which was a really bad thing because I had lost 30 pounds when I had my original surgery in September, so I was eating anything and everything prior to my second surgery thinking I would lose it all as well.)..HA....NOT  Once home I started introducing food slowly.  I started on really low fibre, easy to digest things like yogurt, mashed potatoes, pasta, etc.  I had a problem with constipation (never had the diarrhea like everyone else !!) but a good dose of Milk of Magnesia started things moving.  Then I was using prune juice.  Now I take ground flax seed twice a day on cereal or in OJ and I'm very regular.  WOW  you must be really excited to have your reversal.  I know I was.  I was truly grateful for the ileostomy when I had it, but really happy to be back to my original  When will you find out if/when you have it done???  ......Best of luck yeah ....Cheryl

Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
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
 Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 125
   Posted 7/20/2009 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my reversal surgery on monday april 13th, and was in icu until friday april 17th. I then went to a regular surgical floor, and was there  until I went home on April 21st. I don't know how long my surgery was. I went in at noon, and remember really waking up in icu that evening, somewhere around 6ish, because they were just getting ready to change shifts. The worst was the ileus I got. I started throwing up wednesday morning, just before my surgeon arrived. (Perfect timing on his part!!) He immediately ordered an NG tube, and I got immediate relief from my the vomiting as soon as it was down, I threw up around it, as they were putting it down. I do every time they drop an  NG tube, if I'm awake. If i've had one while I was asleep, I don't know about it, during surgery. I was on complete bedrest from monday until Saturday. I did have problems with nausea Saturday night, but was able to resolve it with phenergan. I didn't have a lot of pain, once I got to the floor, I had a pca  in icu. But I have no idea how much I used or didn't use. The first day post op was the worst!! They thought I could move myself from the bed to the table to have my picc line put in. I told them they were nuts. <G> I didn't have real food, until the day I went home. I was on clear liquids until then. I didn't want any food. I'm now back to eating everything I want to, I go slow with high fat foods, and high in msg foods. Also, soda pops. I only drink soda, if i'm going to be at home, or have lots of phazyme or beano available. I do have a hernia that will need to be repaired later this year. I'm hoping to avoid the trip to icu post op.

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 7/28/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I havent had to surgery yet that comes one of the days right before christmas. I did talk to doctor and she said that if i was doing really well, walking around, eating, looking great i could go home the day after but normally its 3-5 days but whenever im feeling good i can go. ive read tons about the surgery from tons of different people and they all say different things. They all say its easier than the first surgery, less painful, and the recovery is better too. I think that its just a function of getting everything moving the speed you want it to with the least amount of medicine. But i guess ill truely have to wait for the surgery to know everything :)

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1118
   Posted 7/29/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi i had a resection in jan and was given a temp stoma and was ttold i'd get a reversal within 3 months. when i went back to surgeon the resection site wasn't healed properly and had to go back in 6 weeks which i did saw some other doc who said the site was healed but i was told to come back in 2 months hoping to eventually get a date on the 10th aug really hope that you are able to get it done and don't have the hassle i had good luck Bevx

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma. B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety)No maintainance drugs.

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