I got home from my takedown surgery last night! 3 days, very short hospital stay. I would have been released in early afternoon, but my surgeon was in an emergency surgery till 6pm and couldn't see any patients till afterwards. I got the go ahead to leave since I had eaten two meals and tolerated everything. I'm doing well, going about 10-12 times a day so far and still subconsciously reaching for my bag from time to time.
I know some peeps around here are getting there take downs soon and wanted to know what my experience was like so for those of you interested I will detail it below!
Firstly, I was up and out of bed the same days as my surgery. Not very sore and my incision where the ostomy was doesn't hurt at all. I have some soreness along my ribs, like when you worked out too hard and too long and my hip is a bit achy. My hips are kinda bad though since my first surgery 9 months ago. I was allowed clear liquids on the day after my surgery and post colon diet on the day I went home. Mostly I was bored at the hospital. It took about 30 hours for my bowels to wake up and really the only bad pain is gas pain, kinda sharp but doesn't last long and I know it will go away over time. Pretty darn easy hospital stay if I do say so!
I bought myself a COCO bidet 9500x last week cause they were on special and even though I only had one day at the hospital with just wipes, the bidet is super awesome. It takes a lot of wiping to make sure you get everything off since its all liquidy at first and that was already causing me some irritation. So if you can afford it you may want to get a bidet. Biffy bidets I know are much cheaper than COCO, only $100 for the plastic one. But you may want to wait and see if irritation is a problem for you because not all people get it. I have a few anal skin tags so I went preventative route since those things have given me problems pre-colon removal. I also recommend getting a quilted bed pad like the ones in the hospital because its really easy to wake up, kinda be out of it and not realize you need to go to the bathroom and leak a bit. I did it last night. I got my bed pad thingy at an old fashion pharmacy that sells ostomy supplies, and supplies that older people tend to need like wheelchairs and walkers and they even have Ilex paste, which was designed with ileosomy and jpouchers in mind. (I have some of that too!) But its best to be prepared and not worry about these things later, so if nothing else, get yourself some wet wipes and some kind of paste.
All in all much faster recovery than the ileostomy and the prep was super easy. My doctor even lets you have a breakfast since ileos have such a short transit time. Wish I did this years ago! Good luck to all the others out there waiting for their take downs and thanks for all the good advice and well wishes!
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11