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I've been just lurking for a while, trying to digest all the things happening. In early May I had my colonoscopy, and the Doc said my upper colon (from ostomy) was 'beautiful' and low colon shows signs of colitis, due to the diversion (he believes). So after the scope my Surgeons office called and wanted to see me. I went in two weeks after the scope and we discussed and decided to do the reversal surgery in spite of my fears. The Doc seemed so confident that I am a good candidate for reversal, and aside from weight issues, I have fairly ideal conditions for success.
So... I'm scared about it but sort of excited too. I know it's going to be a tough surgery, and a tough recovery. Surgery is scheduled for Monday the 19th. I'll try to keep ya posted on how things go.
Do you know how much colon and rectum you will have had removed in total?
I have all my rectum, and the majority of my colon. They removed approximately eight inches of descending/sigmoid colon due to a rupture from diverticulitis. I am hopeful that this will make returning to full plumbing a little easier.
Kae, Best wishes for a smooth surgery & recovery. Let us know how it went and how you are doing.
How many days do you think you will have to remain in hospital?
Not sure. I elected not to have an epidural as my last experience was pretty bad with it. That may mean extra time before I am moving well enough for them to release me. I am guessing it will be similar to the last surgery though, which was... ha, I can't remember! Six or seven days.
With only a small amount of colon removed you should have a relatively easy reversal, just be patient, the colon hates being handled and will take a few weeks to settle. Don't take any Imodium unless prescribed as you don't want to end up constipated
Hopefully if you poo within a few days you may be out sooner than a week
Day three post reversal!
Passed gass first day and been passing stool for two. Doc bumped me to fill liquid diet. So far the pluming is working and pain is low. Have to be careful passing gas cause sometimes it's more. Lots of gas rumbling around my belly but thankfully not the painful kind.
Hi everyone! It's day 9 and I'm doing great.
The doctors said the surgery went perfectly. They ended up doing a lot to me besides just the reversal. I was told they did not use staples on the colon but that it was hand-stitched (I'm sure there's a label in there somewhere) to ensure I join that would not leak. They removed my appendix while they were in there as a precaution. A small hernia repair was done at the stoma site. I fatty tumor in the muscle lining near my original incision was removed. Stoma site and midline were closed and reinforced with mesh for better healing and less likelihood of hernia in the future.
Recovery has been great. I am blessed with little pain and no complications. All of my previous surgeries and treatments were 'worst case scenario' and this has been nothing but the best. Was passing gas the first day, stool the second. By day five all was pretty normal function wise. I take a little prune juice every day to keep from getting constipated but doc thinks I can stop that once I'm no longer taking any narcotic pain killers.... which should be in the next five days or so.
Thats wonderful to hear Kae. It is great that they were able to patch up other stuff too. As you said, they probably attached a label and washing instructions too. ( cool iron if needed).
And, so much better to Not have to have the surgery in an emergency situation. Also, I am sure you were much healthier all around for this one. Keep healing and thanks for the update.