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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.