I think the best advice I can offer you after your takedown surgery is to be patient. You will likely be going to the bathroom frequently at first. Usually things calm down a lot after about
two or three weeks. You can ask your surgeon about
taking Imodium. Don't take it unless you get your surgeon's okay though. They sometimes want you to wait a bit before taking a bowel slower as they worry about
blockages right after surgery. Go slow with food at first and then as the weeks go by you will probably find yourself eating all your favorites again. Eating several small meals will work better than sitting down to a large one. For me takedown went very smoothly and it was all very uneventful. I had a tough go of it with my first step so I deserved an easy takedown! I was back to my usual crazy routine with my family two weeks after takedown. I never had any accidents or leakage.
Get yourself some cream for your butt in case you get some butt burn. I like Calmospetine (Amazon.com carries it and so does Walgreens) but you could use any kind of diaper rash ointment or something with zinc oxide in it. Bring soft toilet paper with you to the hosptial. That hospital TP will kill your poor butt...it's like sandpaper! Best of luck and please come back and let us know how you are doing. :)
DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy j-poucher!! :)
Post Edited (ByeByeUC) : 3/12/2014 2:00:03 PM (GMT-6)