I also have an ileostomy as a result of a sub total colectomy. I had to have 2 operations a few days apart because the amount of colon they left the first time developed a perforation and had to be removed during the second surgery. I lost about
30 lbs in 2 weeks and have managed to gain about
7 of it back so far. I have not had the reversal done but it should be performed sometime in December. My surgeon said that at first I would have bm's a lot and that it should taper to 4-5 per day in a few weeks. She said that in about
2 years they should be down to about
2 per day. My biggest obsticle so far is being able to get my flange to seal for more than a couple of days. I don't know what will be worse, the bm's or the leaking flange. I have yet to talk to someone who has had this done and has been living with it for a while. Maybe someone will respond and we can both get a better understanding of what it to come. Good luck and God bless!