Hi taurus,I don't usually post on this board,but the title of your thread caught my eye.I do not have an ostomy,but did have an open incision after resection.
First off,I like to say that I can totally relate,& was pretty freaked out by having a hole the size of a nerf football in my tummy.The whole purpose of leaving the incision open is to greatly reduce the risk of serious infection in the wound.The incision will close from the inside out,thus pushing any bacteria or infection up & out.
Mine closed up successfuly w/out any infections in about 2 months time.My scar is pretty bad though,but atleast I didn't have to get cut open again because of infection,so I can't complain.
If you don't mind,I would like to offer some advice on 2 things that I think greatly helped in my recovery....be a total sanitary freak w/your dressing changes & supplies.My family got sick of me being so bossy about it,but I know that it paid off in the end.I even moved into my moms pet free home temporarily at first ,just in case.The other thing that I did was wear an abdominal binder.It made wearing pants a whole lot easier(I even wore jeans about 2 wks after surgery),& it really helped me get around alot better.
I really hope that you have a good & speedy recovery.Take care.
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet