I had my reversal 6 weeks ago. My surgeon in addition to the 5 staples in the ostomy site had placed 16 staples and 7 nylon sutures in the abdominal incision due to the fact of abdominal swelling. I till notice that I have some swelling after I eat I found eating smaller portions more frequently has helped. My left side is more distended than my right side but I think it may stay that way since my left side is the only part of my that has colon left. Half of my colon is gone now. In addition to weaning off pain meds my neuromogist has me slowly coming off of my elavil (migraine prevention) due to I want to have a family in the next year or 2 and would rather gradulaly slow this med down over a long period of time. I have noticed that since coming off the elavil my appetite has increased but if I eat too much (more than post op but less than my regular meals) I get bloated. I wish the appetite would go away though I am at the right weight for my height after being on prednisone for so long.
In the hospital post op I was wearing size small pj pants that you tied with a string, with not tying it it fit comfortably. There was 1 more than the other 3 that was best for that, that same pair now will fall to my feet if I dont tie it tight enough. When I saw my GI in April (after intestine resection, then ileostomy) I weighed 119 I saw him 4 weeks post op (reversal) and lost 16 pounds from april. Things will get better maybe not as it was before but it goes down.
any other questions feel free to ask and I will help if I can
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987