Hi Leon! I had my loop ileostomy reversed 4 weeks ago yesterday!! I am feeling really great, except for post surgery tiredness (usual for me). I went in hospital on Monday (day of surgery) and was released on Thursday of the same week!! (Three days!!!) The surgeon went in through the stoma site and did it all through there, including repair of a peristomal hernia I had developed. I was amazed that he could do it all through that little hole!!...They controlled my pain very well (there wasn't as much as the first surgery to place the ostomy)..with demerol injections. My first movement from the bowels was on Tuesday night,, and it was mostly old blood and yukky stuff.
They started me eating (jello, clear fluids etc) very slowly and graduated me to cream soups etc. I had no significant bowel movement until I was home for a couple of days. I have read here on the Forum and elsewhere that most people suffer with diarrhea after reversal but I didn't have that at all!! My problem has been just the opposite in that I have been constipated. I have found that prune juice in the morning and a bit of all bran in the evening corrects this for me!
The baby/butt wipes I found were really great. TP can be really rough on your bottom if you have to "go" alot. I had also bought some Depends adult diapers just in case...(I was expecting the diarrhea which I never got). I didn't require home care because there was just the one small incision site and a week after I was home I had stitches removed from that)
Now I am eating anthing I like and truly enjoying having my "original plumbing" back. BUT I have to say I was so grateful to have the ileostomy (for 6 months) because it made me healthy again. No regrets there!
Two months is plenty of time to recuperate for school.
I had no preparation to do for surgery (a first!!) other than no food after 10 the previous evening.
I didn't do any rectal exercises, and had no problem there, but they can only be a good thing to do, right??
Wishing you all the best with your reversal Leon!! ....Cheryl
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
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
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09