my brother went in for a colostomy reversal on
the 19, but due to adhesions and scar tissues he
ended up with an ilestomy he is so distraught and
we are trying to help him get throught this daily.
Dr says he can go for another reversal in 3
months but he is very apprehensive right now.. Has
anyone experienced this....
Reversal, success with what underlying condition
I had diverticulitis with stricture and
abscess, reversal after a year and a half was a
success, however it looks like others are not so
successful. I suspect it might be due to the
condition that caused the surgery in the first
place. I have seen successful reversal with
similar conditions as mine, but Colitis and IBS
seem less successful. I know before my
reversal I was reading horror stories here, but
their condition did not reflect mine
So if success of reversal is relate to...
Ileostomy reversal success story.
I am a 48 yo male and am
one week post ileostomy takedown. I had a temp
ileostomy for 5 months due to a bowel
resection for diverticulitis. I read many horror
stories online in my quest for information and i
have to say I couldn't be happier with the way
things have turned out.
I had my
surgery on Feb 19 at 8:30 am and by midnight I
could feel my bowels starting up.
my reversal surgery is coming up. ive had a
ostomy for 16 months. i had to wait a year post op
before the insurance kicked in. its painful i had
no underlying heath issuses besides a 14 pound
tumor removed that had broken through my
intestines.i never know how im going to feel day
to day. its very difficult and i have told very
few people about my ostomy.im located in texas and
the surgeon is in san antonio which is a few hours
away from padre island. there was a gentelman from
houston who ha...
Stoma reversal or not
Hi, I had emergency surgery on Fe
uary 14th last year for a serious bowel
obstruction. I am now living with Crohns,
which is very manageable. I am able to have
a reversal. I know this sounds bizarre
probably, but with having IBS for so many years
and suffering with cramps, vomitting episodes and
running to the bathroom, my life is actually so
much better since having my colostomy. I
definitely would not have ever thought I would say
that! When people ask me when I'm havin...
Ostomy reversal lil over year ago
Hello,11 yrs ago I had surgery and ended up with
ostomy and got it reversed a yr later.Few days
later it put me back in surgery and ended up with
large intestine ostomy.I had it for 10 yrs till
lastyear on my birthday had it reversed.It has
been a lil over a year and still can\'t eat alot
of foods.It has made me sick for months and has
made me lose alot of weight. Is there anybody
having the same problem? I don\'t have any
insurance anymore, so I can\'t talk to adoctor at
I am new to this forum. I had an
ileostomy for one year and just had it reversed in
August of 2014. I am having a difficult time
and would like to meet individuals and have them
share their experiences with me. I am
seriously considering going back to the bag as I
definitely feel that my quality of life was
better. I should have done more research on
my own. However, my surgeon explained as if
it was a simple: five to six BMs a day
controlled with imodium a...
Can't get a reversal off this thing i got on my side i hate
Can anyone help me as Iim going crazy
with this horrible bag .
Live begged and begged my consultant to reverse
my Stoma so many times that now. I've given
up the ghost as I'm hitting a brick wall they
won't reverse it as all they keep saying my heart
won't take. The operation but I don't care
if. It won't all I want is rid off this thing for
My marriage finished because off it
my family won't talk to me jive lost friends
over. It I ca...
Need help for my mother ... emergency ileostomy and reversal
Hi all. My mother was recently in a head on car
accident (oct 03 '14) in Spain - visiting from the
UK for a friends birthday - and it resulted in her
having some of small bowel removed under emergency
conditions due to heamoraging, I am here to find
some advice for her.
She now has an ileostomy from this surgery (05
oct). After about a week in ICU she is now in a
*normal* room with her husband staying there.
She has been told she can have a reversal with
in the next week, this...
Is reversal possible with ulcerative colitis?
Does anyone here have experience with an
ileostomy due to UC and yet be able to have a
I still have all my small intestine and 6
inches of my rectal stump. My original surgery was
an emergency due to perforated bowel and mega
colon. I had had issues for a year with no real
help. Then came the emergency. No one really seems
to know what caused this, but UC is inferred.
I KNOW it all came about because the severe
stress I was going through in my life and I KNOW
it all ...
Having colostomy reversal thursday october 2 2014
Almost 4 years to the day when my colon
perforated from diverticulitis, walked into a E.R.
and had emergency surgery within 5 hours. It was a
Sunday around midnight when they began. Honestly I
did not think I was going to make it. Thereafter,
I never really thought I would have it reversed;
and frankly, I am used to having it and managed it
well. As I have said everything [and I mean
everything] is about your attitude. Everyone has
or will have some challenge, some medical issue to
Ostomy reversal ( rectum removed)
I HAD A EXTENSIVE OPERATION WHICH REVERSED MY
OSTOMY BACK TO A NORMAL BODY FUNCTION. THAT WAS 9
MONTHS AGO AND MY BODY IS LEARNING TO FUNCTION
WITHOUT A RETUM. HAS ANYONE HAD A SIMILAR
Ileostomy reversal - unsure what to do
I have just joined this site and thank you to
everyone for their candour and support for each
i hope you can help me. I have had acute
Crohn's since 2000 when I turned 30. I am now 43,
have 2 children (miraculously) and had an
ileostomy bag put in 4 years ago. I did
suffer from the anal fistulas and fissures ,
incontinence, cramping and severe pain.
Constant hospitalisations, inability to work
and function meant host I had the bag.<
I now have consta...
Has anyone with just a stump for a rectum had a
successful.reversal . I am 74 years old and my DR.
said he could do it now. He will not do it after I
Hope to get some answers.
Hello all you good people out there --
Has anyone had to have an ileostomy because of
Radiation Damage? In January 2012 I had a major
operation for Cancer. The operation was successful
and the tumour removed from my womb. THEN I was
advised to have Radiotherapy just in case?? ---I
had six weeks every day Radiotherapy and started
to complain of symptons from the second week.
Uncontrollable diarrohea, abdo pains etc but each
time told they were just side effects and would
subside in ti...
Ostomy reversal post op
I must be one of the lucky ones , I had my
surgery June 30, Home from Hospital 3 days
later no complications. Back at work 14 days later
. I was scared going into the reversal surgery,
With all the bad experiences posted on this site.
My thoughts are if you have the option to have
reversale surgery you should go for it . Best
thing I have done!
Now if I can go 6 months for follow up
test with positive results . I will be a
real CANCER SURVIOR .
I cannot get my body back after my reversal
I had my reversal and hernia repair done
24 months ago. I now have what I call a buda
tummy. Where the stoma was is now healed, but
still red, probably due to the fact that its at my
waist. While the incision is a little lighter
than before, its still quite visible. I
can't loose the tummy. I've been doing
Weight Watchers since January but only managed to
loose 10 lbs. I do 2 to 3 miles on the
treadmill at 3 to 3.5mph daily and have been going
to a train...
Had colon and gallbladder removed March 25th,
2014. Nervous like so many others about life after
reversal. My surgeon tells me that I can "manage"
bowel movements with an anit-diahreal med. He says
I will be on this for rest of life as well as the
sulfasalazine I'm taking now to prevent recurrence
of the ulcerative ileo-colitis that afflicted me.
I drive a truck for a living, so the bag actually
isn't too bad conveniance-wise. No urgent need to
get to a rest area. I was wondering about the
Wound care after reversal surgery
I have just last week
had the final part of my reversal surgery and am
now fully connected, (which am I very glad
about) I was
unaware till after the surgery that this meant I
would have an small Views: 1489
Need some advise about reversals
I am going to see my doctor on Tues., July 1
about having a reversal done. I don't mind
telling you I am scared to death to have it done
from some of the horror stories I have
heard. Can those who have had it done or
know of people that have had one done please give
me some question to ask the surgeon.
One reason I am scared is that the doctor that
performed my surgery was with this practice for
over 30 years and suppost to be one of the best
but in less than a month...
Reversal coming soon!!
Good news !!
My Doc just told me I can have my reversal
Surgery as soon as he can get it scheduled
Best news yet !
What can I expect as far as side effects?
Does anyone here have any experience with
having an ileostomy reversal along with a
stricture in their colon? Any feedback would
be appreciated! Thank you!
4 weeks ileostomy reversal and I am having
lower stomach bloating and constipation everyday!
I take colace and miralx with no relief. Is this
normal? When will I go back to being regular
Pregnancy post reversal and partial bowel resection
I have decided against surgery to repair large
abdominal hernia as will delay trying for a baby
as pregnancy would probably cause it to come back
so I had my contraceptive implant removed
My question is about people's experience
getting pregnant post reversal. I have been told
that all the scar tissue around my right ovary
from ileostomy and then reversal will block the
Fallopian tube on that side. Also have other
issues like pcos and history of chemo which may
Reversal and a gas problem
I had a reversal of my ileostomy Dec. 2, 2013.
While most things seem to be heading in a "good"
direction I have one problem that has not relented
one bit. I have gas, gas to a degree that I think
sometimes I'm contributing to climate change.
Everyday, sometimes early in the morning it will
begin but usually it waits until later in the day,
sometime around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. From that
time on it will be there all evening. I take
Welchol and Imodium for a problem that is still
with me, g...
Severe cramps post reversal
Hi there, I am a week post reversal and wonder
if anyone has advise re: cramping and gas relief.
I was relatively prepared for the frequent runs to
the w/c and the ermm ... sore posterior but I
wasn't expecting these wickedly sharp pelvic
cramps likely due to all the gas that builds up.
Has anyone experienced the same? What kind of
things have you done? I've tried a heating pad
over my abdomen and I get out for frequent walks
around the block to get things going after a meal.
I've asked the s...
Incredibly sick after ileostomy reversal
Hi all. Been a while since I've
posted. On March 4th I finally went in
for my reversal. Since that time I've
been incredibly sick. I've lost 10
lbs. My nausea has been the worst ever
and I've got constant abdominal pain (not surgical
pain but gut pain). To top it off,
unlike most who undergo a reversal and suffer with
diarrhea, I am incredibly constipated and unable
to go. I was just hospitalized again
for extreme dehyd...
Hi everyone! Just had my reversal 3
weeks ago. I woke up with a huge hole
in my belly but is healing up pretty
good. I guess its the new thing not to
sew you up and let it heal from the inside
out. I have a hard time looking at it
but my husbands takes the flashlight and likes to
look into my belly. YUK! I
am pooing 8-14 times a day and my butt hurts. My
stools are small like finger size and smaller but
shaped like a triangle...
I'm scheduled for reversal of my colostomy next
week. I know that post surgery a diet of low fiber
is prescribed. How about pre-surgery? Should I eat
high fiber as part of a "cleansing"? I'd
welcome your opinion,
experience. Thanks Very
just had it a week ago and still on low residue
diet . is it ok to get gas
I had my colostomy five months ago. My doc says
now is time for the reversal surgery but I'm more
than a bit worried. I'm 72, 25 pound overweight
but otherwise in good health. Surgery itself
scares me but I'm mostly concerned about post
surgery. I keep reading about loss of control,
leakage, mad dashes to the toilet, diaper pads
etc.. Maybe I'm better off with the
experiences needed so I can make an
informed decision. Thanks heaps!
Need guidance - getting a reversal for my loop ileostomy
Hi all. It's been a while since I've written. I am
happy to say I've been given the green light to
proceed with an ileostomy reversal but I'm nervous
as hell. I've tried to find input from
others on this site but find there's not much out
there on reversals. Looking for any
advice from those who have experienced a
hi im nadine i
had my colostomy done just over 12 months ago
reason for it my coil/iud i had fitted perforated
it so got rushed in and woke up in icu with this
on me <
Preparing for final part of ileostomy reversal
I joined this forum recently
in search of people to talk to who have already
been through a reversal of the colostomy bag. I
myself have undergone the first part of the
reversal, and i'm due to have the second part at
the begining of june. I'm looking for advice on
ways to prepare for this, mentally and physically!
I also welcome any questions people may
have about what i have gone through so far and
I am able to have a reversal, but......
hello all, name is Mike, im 25 and on Aug 17th of
this year will be two years since i have had a
colostomy, i got shot point blank in the stomach
and was operated on for 8 hours and i awoke to 37
staples and a healing ostomy not yet in use...
while in the hospital 20 out of 37 staples were
removed to reduce the possibility of infection
because the incision had turned REDD..
4-5 months went by and i was fully
healed and able to have a reversal 3 months after
the wound was fully healed, ...
I have had an ileostomy since last april due to a
small bowel resection, they took about
feet from me. I am wandering about a
reversal, wandering if they will be able to do it.
doctor was worried about adhensions. If any
one has any suggestions I would love to hear
Is an ileostomy reversal at 5 months too soon???
Hi all. Looking for feedback from
anyone who has had a reversal or is being
considered for one. I am 3-1/2 months
post ileostomy and my surgeon has said I am a
candidate for a reversal. He wants to
scope me next month to make sure everything
"looks good and healed" and if it does
he plans to do a reversal in March which will put
me at 5 months post
ileostomy. Originally he told me six
months minimum so this caught me off
I had a colonostomy 3 years ago. I went in for a
reversal the following year but things went wrong.
The Dr. said it was like a bag of puss that
exploded in me also the niped a small vein and I
lost much blood. At the same time I had part of my
rectum removed. ( I new this was going to take
place ) I would still like to go for the reversal
but my Dr. said I would have the erge to go to the
bathroom and I better get their fast.
know people who have had the revesal and they say
Alcohol / beer bad for someone waiting for ostomy reversal?
Hello all this is my first post here, i am 25
years old, when i was 23, i was robbed and shot
point blank in the stomach, i woke up with 37
staples and a colostomy bag, i was initially
promised a reversal 4 months after my stomach
wound healed up, the doctor lied to me so many
times i really dont wanna go into it
have taken all tests required to do a colostomy
reversal and i am good to go, besides the fact i
no longer have insurance, and the minimum they
want to start is $27,000 Cash
I am new to this, so I will tell my story and then
see what comments are made. Ok, well
back in 2011 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer
so I started chemo and radiation. I had 35
radiation and 4 weeks of chemo and also 4 internal
radiation. went back to work felt fine even thru
2012. well Jan. 3 2013 my stomach started hurting
severly went to dr they thought it was gall b
ladder so they took it out. well I still was
hurting so I ended up going to another hospital, I
was there 9 week...
Greetings - advice sought on upcoming ostomy reversal
all. I stumbled across this web site
last night and would really appreciate any advice
from the community here on a potential upcoming
ostomy reversal. This is my first post
here and I apologize in advance for the
I’m ~6 weeks out
of the hospital from emergency surgery that
involved: removal of a (non-cancerous as it turns
Life after reversal
I had my ileostomy reversal done on Dec. 2. My
surgery for the ostomy was done as an
on June 3 of this year. In March of
this year I had a heart attack. Been something of
a tough year
but it has to get better. While
in the hospital they removed the two drains in the
wound and said
they would start to remove
staples later, after being home. I had, while in
the hospital, severe
bouts of diarrhea but a
day or so prior to leaving for home it stopped.
While home the diarrhe...
Ostomy, reversal to permanent ostomy!
Hi, I had my lg intestine removed in Feb. of 2013
was given an ileostomy in May it was reversed. I
had major problems with the reversal, it should
have never been reversed and I think my surgeon
knew that. Now I am headed back for a permanent
ileostomy Jan. 22, 2014. Never thought I would be
relieved to have my ostomy back again, I have been
through six months of torture!
To have a reversal or not?
Hi everyone! Im coming to the point where i need
to decide if to stay with the stoma or have a
reversal (j.pouch). My story is i caught
salmonella and thyphoid fever on holiday which got
so bad so i had to have emergency operation
leaving me with an ileostomy. With more tests it
shows i have ulcerative colitas. Im struggling to
decide if to have the reversal or just to keep the
bag. Any info/help/stories on this would be much
appreciated. Im very new to this world and the
more info and people i ...
Possible reversal and hernia fix.
This is a
letter sent to my Doctor from my Surgeon, has
anybody been through the same procedure?. I wonder
what you feel my chances of sucess
nbsp;" Further to my last letter on Mr
Hughes, his contrast imaging does confirm he has a
very short rectal stump, probably only 8cm in
length. He does appear to have a reasonable amount
of left colon which, if fully mobilised would
reach the lower rectum. his abdomin...
Finally had my reversal and doing great
well waited nine years
for my opp now its all over had the reversal 14
days ago and all going great out of hospital and
all working well was loose to start but now more
controlled feeling a little sore but on the whole
Each day is improving
went so well I keep pinching myself to see if im
awake I am now so positive things will be ok now
so all you out there about to have a reversal take
it from me I think its been well worth it so far I
Open colostomy reversal and new temporary ileostomy
short: On April 20, 2013 my
colon perforated due to
diverticulitis. I arrived by ambulance
to the hospital already in full blown septic
shock. I was in the operating room for
5 hours and then transferred to ICU on life
support. My family was told that if I
was alive in 72 hours I might have a chance but
they should hope for the best and prepare for
I had the ileostomy
reversal a month ago I am still feeling a lot of
rectal pain and am trying to control my
elimination but often have accidents
daily. Does anyone know how long it
takes to stop hurting and to get
control? I kind of feel like I have uc
again. I'm glad the ostomy is gone
Me again. I keep writing because I find
myself so lost in this whole
thing. Question for anyone out there
that has undergone ileostomy
reversal. I've been told if all goes
well and I heal well I should be able to undergo
ileostomy reversal in 6 months but before that I
will have to successfully complete a defecating
proctogram. Because my rectal muscles
don't work real well I did not do well taking this
test prior to surgery. I'm wondering
Thinking about reversal
Hello!! I have had my ileostomy due to Crohns
Disease since 2009. It was my
understanding at the time that it was permanent
and over time I accepted it and went on with life.
Recently my gastro doctor asked me if I'd like to
have a reversal done and that my Crohns has been
in remission. I have been cleared by
the colo-rectal surgeon and all they need now is
my ok. I have never really thought about it and so
I told them I would decide after the holidays
because my ostomy is ...
Deciding against a reversal. am i crazy?????????
I have decided to have a permanent ileostomy in
Jan 2014 instead of a reversal after weighing up
the pros & cons of both. Does anyone else
think this is a crazy idea? This is the impression
I get from all the different doctors I have met at
the hospital following check ups after my 1st OP
in Feb 2013. They are quite surprised with my
decision and make me feel like I am making a weird
I'm waiting for the 2nd surgery to close the
ostomy, I had a surgery appointment a couple weeks
ago and the doctor said I'll get a call or letter
soon to have the reversal...looking forward to not
having to wear the bag, it's awkward..but I do
feel a lot better since early this year and having
the colectomy and hysterectomy (in the same
Ostomy reversal question
I was asked by my colo-rectal surgeon if I would
like to consider a reversal?? Think about it, he
I have a
cecostomy for more than 6 years now and still open
the other end. I have 3 ventral hernia repairs in
my belly and one at the sygmoid area. All repaired
20 some years ago my colon
perforated because no one was able to diagnose
that I had diverticulitis and I was
getting constant issues, so the perforation and
Reversals and medicare
Hi everyone...just a quick note to say how much I
like this forum. It has been uber help
to me and so many other people with
My question is - does anyone
out there know whether a reversal is covered by
Medicare or is it considered a personal choice and
therefore not covered. I could not
afford to have one if it is not
Thankfull to the community and ostomy reversal
I want to
thank everyone in this page; my journey into the
ostomy world was made a lot easier by those
writing here. I am sure you know, but I want to
really say thanks. I can say most of what has been
making my life easier was learn on this site. I
hope someone will find this story
I had an
obstruction april2012 and after a month of
struggling and 20 pounds less l...
Home from my reversal.
I had my reversal on the
23rd of august.
Woke up with at 2:30pm with a
massive hole in the side of me which i knew i
would do anyway but its still a shock as it is
The first 48 hours were
ok, I was walking by 10:00pm that night (as
instructed by surgeon).
The 48 hours after
that was not soo good I was in unbelievable pain,
and started vomiting.
I lost my appetite and
didnt eat but my bowl started working,
have any problems w...
My reversal in on friday 23rd august
bsp; After having my
ileostomy in September 2012 I have been looking
forward to being reversed.
But to be honest Im
not..... my life has been pain free Im back to
Do I really want to go through pain and
discomfort all over again?
And lay in hospital
when I can go out and live life and enjoy what I
have worked so hard for over the past ten
finally had my reversal after 3 yrs.
I swear I would never recommend it to anyone. I
went thru so much pain and iam still recovering
from it. I had it july 9th. My question is, is
there anyone else who has had it done and what are
some of the things they experienced. I had an
infection sit in my stomach where they stapled me.
I had to re-enter the hospital and they had to cut
me open and drain the infection. they sent me home
with stomach open and had nurses come in and do
care on ...
Ostomy reversal - hartmanns procedure
I have bee rubbish on here - only made a few posts
and then vanished to 'normal' life but I think
that's a good thing. I am a 33 year old
professional single mum of one and I coped pretty
well I think with having a stoma for 2
years. I have just had my final
appointment with the nurse (for dressing checking)
four weeks after my reversal
I'd be happy to chat
with anyone who's recently 'gained' a stoma and
wants to talk to someone who's been in t...
Just had reversal, anxious re blood in bowel movements
Hello, hoping can get some info from others who
have had iliostomy reversals, feeling quite
Just had my reversal last
week and out of hospital yesterday. I
had some issues with severe gas and vomiting so
was on liquid diet for most of my time in
there. I finally passed some gas and
very loose stool and they let me go yesterday
after only having one very small regular meal
there. I started to eat small amounts
of food/meals yesterday. &...
Another successful reversal story - but rather long!
I wanted to give a bit of my story for those
considering an ileostomy reversal as i think the
more information people have the better.
I had emergency surgery for a volvulus
(twisted bowel I think) resulting in a loop
ileostomy in March 2011. It was caused by a
lymphoma in my abdomen that had been misdiagnosed
as Crohn's disease for many months. I was
diagnosed in the February and started chemo before
feeling really ill in march culminating in
horrific pain and faecal vomiting. By the ...
Reversal on june 24th
having my reversal surgery in a little over a week
on June 24th and I am really nervous since I had
trouble with the first surgery! It was actually
two emergency surgeries.. resulting in the
colostomy bag! But it saved my life so I can't be
to fussy about it.. The first surgeries I was in
the hospital 9 days!! I am trying to find out
about an average hospital stay for a reversal! I
would like to know how bad the pain is.. how bad
is the first bowel ...
Successful ostomy reversal
I am almost 3 weeks since reversal date and all
has gone well. Haven't needed pain meds
for 3 days now and am sleeping on my sides again
so all that is big progress for me. The
large gaping hole where my stoma was is closing up
more each day. I have times where I am
running to the bathroom to get there on time, but
not always. I mostly feel in control
but am comforted by being able to have a restroom
nearby available. There are days I go
I would like to put in a word about non- reversal.
I have had my iliostomy five years and am so
thankful to have put all my
bowel problem behind (pardon thepum) .
At first I was frantic to have a reversal but have
come to appreciate the ease , painless and
trouble-free elimination I now enjoy. So to all
you who cannot have a reversal, take heart and
enjoy life .
Ileostomy reversal- successful...positive....a must read
Hi ...i had a emergency ileostomy done in feb
2012. I was on life support and in a coma in icu
for over 4 weeks.
It was a shock to wake
up with this bag hanging off me....they said they
could do a reversal....in a few
Well a few months turned into
15 months....because i had a infection and plus
the surgery was scheduled 4 times and
cancelled....twice by the doctor..to put a
emergency in my spot and twice i made it to the
operating room only to have it cancelled becaus...
Reversal may 17 2013
Just to let all you fine people
know, 14 months ago after my 5 th
attack it was emergency surgery time... No my
surgeon and hospital did everything right it's
just I only ever got a little sick I never
experienced the pain so many suffer, no the less
April 2 2012 I wake up with a colostomy ... To say
it was a reliefe would be an under statement I
have felt so good in the last 14 months I realize
I was sick for at least 5 years prior .... The BIG
QUESTION do I go back for reversal so I...
I HAVE A COLOSTOMY W A STOMA HAD SINCE OCT
2010 EVERYONE SAYS "GET IT
WELL IM TOO SCARED TO DO IT I
GOT REALLY SICK AFTER MY SURGURY NEARLY
DIED HAS ANYONE OUT
THERE HAD A SUCSESFULL REV? IF SO WHAT
WERE THE CPMLICATIONS?
I had an ileostomy since January 2012 due to
cancer. It is a temporary one but I had
an anastomosis leak in my pelvic area so it was
hard to fix. I just had a surgery to
put some of my stomach muscle around that part of
my colon and they were able to close up that
pocket. I am scheduled for a reversal
on May 22. I am very excited but have a
few questions. I have never posted on
this site but have been reading here several
I am new here and only have had my
"Stella" for 4 weeks. My doc is talking
about reversal at 3 months. I had total colectomy
with ileostomy for UC and ischemic colitis. I have
a very liquid output right now and am wondering a
couple of things. When will my output thicken? Is
anyone on meds for thickening? Thoughts on the
reversal-should I wait longer? Will it improve my
quality of life? Not thrilled with Stella, but
she's a whole lot better than living in a room
full of hanging rolls o...
Hartmanns reversal complete
Hi Everyone, i Joined this board a year ago when I
had an emergency hatmann procedure after having a
pelvic infection and a badly inflammed bowel, but
never really got the time to post. Last Tues (19th
march 2013) I had the reversal, with an epidural,
and am pleased to say it was succsesful. No
complications, was up and moving around slowly
within 24/48 hours, 6 day stay in hospital and
returned home at the weekend. I have got quite a
big wound to heal, like an upside down capital
letter 'T' tha...
Have not been on this site for awhile. Had a
successful reversal surgery over a year ago. All
went well and am back to normal. Thanks to all for
the prayers and support.
Robert from OC
Retal pain after reversal
I had a temp ileo in 2011 for 11mons due to a
Carcinoid tumor in my rectum. I had a Lower
Anterior Resection with Meso Excision (lymph nodes
removed). I have been reconnected for 5 mons and
overall things are doing well.
I would like
to hear from others who have had this type of
surgery and still have your rectum and colon. I
have pain sometimes and pressure like the feeling
of something down there. I understand that it has
to restretch as my rectum is shorter now. It comes
and goes and def...
Ileostomy reversal after having bowel obstruction
I struggled with bowel
obstruction for about 10 years and after plenty of
operations to remove obstructions I ended up with
an Ileostomy. Is there anyone here that
has had a similar thing happen to them and what
are the chances of reversal?
Reversal epideral questions
Hi, I'm getting ready to have my reversal surgery
in Jan and after what I went through I'm scared to
death. I had a colon bleed that would
not stop and ended up with 15" of my colon
removed and a colostomy bag because the
reconnection did not work. I am scared
of needles and surgery. The Dr has told
me that this time he will use and
epidural. I had no idea what that
was. Well, during my research I found
Has anyone had a reversal even though you have
short bowel syndrome and did it
Is the stool still liquid
after reversal and is it hard to control bowel
Extensive checklist for hospital after reversal
Hi, everyone. I've never posted here
but I've been a reader who benefittted
tremendously from your help and
guidance. I'm one month post-reversal
and all is going well. I put together
an extensive checklist of things I found useful,
indispensable or comforting during my hospital
stay. Here it is:
Bitter sweet reversal
This is the first time I post something here and I
want to say that reading your stories has inspired
me, made me laugh and feel virtual support so many
thanks for that.
After many attempts at
fixing my recto-vaginal fistula the surgeon
decided to make me a temporary ileostomy in the
hopes that it would help things heal. I've had my
stoma for 16 months now and in two weeks if the
last fistula fixing procedure worked I might have
it reversed. If it hasn't healed they might try a
My reversal coming up
Hi, this is my first post on this
site. I had Diverticulitis back in
early May and my colon perforated on May
8th. It was undiagnosed prior to that
so it was a total surprise. I had an
emergency colonectomy and they removed part of my
Sigmoid colon. Apparently the problem started a
couple of weeks before and I passed it off as food
poisoning. I felt that pain again on
the 8th and thought it was some bad meat from a
local diner. The tear had ...
Ostomy reversal, are there ever complications?
I had my operation just before Xmas 2011, and I
will be talking to my surgeon in a few days about
the possibility of a reversal. Are there any
complications getting things to work again. What
I have heard that reversal
surgery is quite common.....That makes me wonder
why they don't do it that way to start with?
Reversal is a big decision --help!
It's been awhile since I've posted in these
forums. I had an emergency colostomy
back in Dec 2011. All has been well
after my recovery from that surgery. It
was definitely a life-changing
experience. I've adapted fine to my
experience with a pouch, but reversal is an option
for me and I've been giving it a lot of
My original emergency surgery
was done by the general surgeon on call in the
hospital that night (Christmas Eve!), and I'v...
Hey Yall! Just wanted everyone to know that I am
home from reversal surgery. I took that first poop
post op day FOUR & came home post op day NINE.
I just thought I would get that out of the way
straight off since I knew those would be the first
two questions!!! LOL!!!
I was cut from
my sternum to my pelvic region (approx 18") -
the stoma site was left open to heal from the
inside out. I am still very sore &
in pain. The retention sutures holding my abdomen
Reversal with a hernia
I think I have developed a hernia on my stoma
site! With only about 6wks before my reversal.
Hopefully they can repair when they reconnect, it
is not too bad right now but it is uncomfortable
when walking. I guess as a woman I have done too
much lifting, working etc..
Ileostomy reversal question
I had C.diff for over 4 years
and had tried every medication that was avaliable,
I had 2 fecal transplants, and it was starting to
effect other parts of my health. My kidneys were
only functioning in the 70%s and I was retaining
over 20 lbs of water, I couldnt sleep, I couldnt
go out, I was constantly on the toliet. I had seen
many different GI specialists and Colo-Rectal
surgeons and they had me tested for other things
just to make sure they werent taking me colon out
Reversal: yes or no
I got a colostomy in April 2012 after being
diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Since then the
Dr. has found more polyps in my sigmoid colon.
None of them have been malignant. My family
history includes a lot of cancers which have
proved to fatal. What I'd like to know is what are
the disadvantages to having the surgeon remove the
rectum, anus, and sigmoid colon removed and having
a permanent colostomy vs. doing the reversal. I
have dealt very well with the emotional and
psychological adjustments ...
Ladies & Gentlemen help start my engine!!!!! I
have REVERSAL scheduled for August 27th & need
all of the prayer, good thoughts & good karma
I can get!!!
I started out with an ostomy a year and a half ago
when my strangulated hernia burst. The hernia,
down in my scrotum, was the size of a football and
I had two operations of several hours each over a
period of several days, and it was touch and go at
first. When I awoke I was wearing a plastic bag on
my belly. Quite a shock.
I had gone to a
hernia expert years before that refused to
operate. He admitted
he had killed two
patients with hernias of the size of mine when he
operated on t...
Ureter stints before reversal surgery
Hey Yall -
My surgeon said that after I
am knocked out for the reversal that a urologist
will place stints in my ureters so he can be
certain to visualize them while he is fixin me up
& they will come out while as soon as my
surgery is complete.
Do any of yall
know anything about this? Had experience with it?
Is it common?
Just wondering because I
have to go meet this urologist & sign a
release for her to do it.
Strange bms 7 months after reversal
Its been 7 months since my reversal and all was
well until 3 weeks ago. The first bathroom visit
of the day was an emergency, diarrhea, and through
out the next 3 days. I was afraid to
take immodem so I just lived with
it. Along with the loose stools, the
bms were light in color and strange in
consistancy. Very reminiscent of
diverticulitis. My gastroenterologist
prescribed meds and after 5 days, much better, but
still loose stools with strange consist...
7 months post reversal-is it stomach flu or relapse????
Hi, I'm almost new here and have a
question. I had my colonostomy reversal
in December and have been fine. THEN this past
Thursday, I thought I had a case of the stomach
flu, I had typical symptoms, after
eating, making frequent visits the
bathroom. When the need to visit the
bathroom was gone, I was fine, no pain, I felt
great, shopped, got my hair touched up,
etc. Then again the emergency visits to
that cute little room.
Illestomy reversal questions
Hi, i had a stroke in august of 2011 and soon
after they found a tumor in my large colon, upon
having it removed i was left with an illestomy and
annoyingly very little support after the first
time i needed to change my pouch (so all my
"knowledge" is self taught from trial
and error and blogs online and such, so appologies
if i use a wrong term).
I was due to have
my reversal in may but i was also awaiting a heart
operation and that had to take priority at the
time, now im re...
After reversal of ostomy
Hello all, I had a
ruptured intestine and had a colostomy end of
December 2010. I was fortunate to be
able to have the reversal done which was end of
July 2011. I am careful with what I
eat and up until now I have been feeling
good. I do eat fiber off and on but
find that if I have too much my stomach bothers
me, feel a little nauseous and I have
constipation. This is my problem now
for the past week. Just don'...
hi everyone, am completely new to this but sooo
glad to have found this website! Need some info -
my husband underwent major surgery in early Feb
for bowel cancer and lost about 12" of colon
and ended up with a stoma - which caused all sorts
of problems - the main one being dehydration,
which, i understand from lots of you is a
Stoma reversal April 20 and
we thought that was it - now on the road to
recovery. (histology results showed cancel in
remission - such a relief...
Reversal surgery too soon ???????
I just came across this
site late last night and am so glad I found it.
Husband admitted through the ER on March
31st. He unexpectedly experienced a
perforated colon due to diverticulits which
resulted in having surgery after 10 days of
antibiotic treatment in the hospital. They removed
his sigmoid colon and a portion of his rectum on
April 10th. He was given a temporary ileostomy
while the colon/rectum connection site healed. He
has had his barium enema test...
I have been going through all of the Blogs..Came
across one that said they did not want a reversal,
because of the pain afterwards....I am due for a
reversal in about 2 months, can you please tell me
what kind of pain I can expect, other then post
Now, I am becoming apprehensive,
probably should ask the doctor when i see him in
July..please respond if you have any uplifting
comments.. Thanks Betty
Scared to death about reversal help!!!!
I have had my end ileostomy since emergency
surgery on 10/29/11. I had my appendix removed
after they found a polyp at the opening to my
appendix. EMORY University Hospital, Cheif of
general surgery. I was VERY careful about where
& whom I surrendered to cuttin on my body
& I NEARLY DIED.
The doctor who I
credit with figuring out that NO, I in fact did
NOT just have an ileus had to tell my husband that
he thought it would be a good idea to bring our
daughters, (13 & 15), in...
Reversal and blockages?
I have been home from hospital for 6
days. In this time I have had two
blockages. This stumps me as I have
only abut six inches remaining of
colon. I now have to take
stool softener and Miralax
daily. I have never had
problem with this prior to my
ileostomy. Now twice in a week is
misery. Is this
reversal? My reversal
has 4 anastomotic sites and t...
Reversal and other procedures complete ;)
On April 18 I went in for my
surgery. I am left with
about six inches of healthy colon, lysis of major
adhesions (again), four anastomotic sections, and
ileostomy. Thankfully I had
epidural this time! Three days after
surgery I threw a pulmonary embolism, so epidural
came out and all the various protocols for that
stay of 10 days. So
happy to be home an...
Any one out there had a reversal
please looking for any foods or
medication that can help with anal burning while
passing stools. I'm 5 weeks over the
take down with a j pouch and am in agony all the
time. looking for any one that can give
me any advice . thank you
Well...I will be having my reversal in Oct. 2012.
I had my surgery back in Nov, 2011. I have heard
so much about the reversal that I don't know what
to think! LOL. I am connected at the retum but
disconnected from the colon with an end
illeostomy. I'm just wondering if anybody out
there has this same scenario and how the reversal
was done. My only place to reconnect is from the
ileostomy site itself since my colon is connected
to my retum. Primary tumor was in my retum..thank
for any info..sorry...
Colostomy reversal (vater syndrome)
I had a question about
reversal of a colostomy. I have had my colostomy
since I was born and had it reversed just a year
into life. Then after another year or so things
were not working and I was getting enemas and
rashes so they gave it to me once again. Now at 24
I want to give it another try and see if it's
possibly. Does anyone have stories of having it
their whole life and then getting a reversal and
I also have
something called VATER syndr...
Colostomy / ostomy reversal
Had my colostomy reversed as well as a colostomy
hernia repaired a few months ago after having it
for around six months. Re connect surgery was
successful and I am feeling pretty normal. A very
bad case of diverticulitis brought it all on. I
ignored a bad stomach ache that finally turned
severe. I spent a month total in the hospital on
strong antibiotics attempting to clear up the
infection to no avail. My colon ruptered during
the third week and had to have a section of colon
removed. Had I loo...
Questons for people who have had their reversal
Hi guys, im due to meet my surgeon on the 16th and
hopefully arrange my illestomy reversal after
having it since august of 2011, i was taken into
hosptial in june 2011 from having a stroke and
after about 8 weeks of testing they found a tumor
in my colon and then i was left with an end
illestomy (my appologies if thats the wrong term
but i never got told how to cope with this and
everthing i know iv learnt off the fly, but i do
know from thes district nurse that i have an end
Diaperless diaper rash after a reversal
Lets talk about what my nurses call diaperless
diaper rash. In january I had a sucsesfull
reversal but I am haveing problems with diapeer
rash no matter how carfull I clean and dry after
OK, so I dont know if any of you know my past, but
long story short blah blah blah LOL
had diverticulitis, and went in to have it
removed, well 4 surgeries later 2 of which were
emergency one's, this last one on 12/31/2011...yup
ringing in the new year under the knife, at least
I got to spend it with someone (albeit my surgeon
) who I dont get along with. Well she has told me
that she won't try and reverse it again, and she
has been referred to me as the best in AZ for
Ileostomy reversal finally done
I was a newbie to the site last year
when I underwent an emergency Ileostomy and the
doctors were surprised that I had no prior
symptoms or illness other than the ones I
presented them with on the day. I
havent been too good this last few months so
havent been online much.
I spent nearly
two months in hospital from July 1st last year, I
felt abandoned by my gp and dietician and
gradually over the months I lost two stone in
weight and by the end of it I couldnt ...
Transverse colostomy reversals
I am fairly new to this site and have posted
comments to other's threads and now am posting my
own story. My son who is 38 years old and
developmentally handicapped is having his reversal
done on Monday, March 26th.
He is pretty
nervous about this but happy to be having it done.
It has been a very long road for him since August
18/11 when he took extremely ill with Fournier's
Gangrene and had massive abdominal surgery on that
date. They did a
transverse to let his r...
Bad colostomy reversal. x 2 and a cry for help
Is this much trouble comon place?
2010, they discovered a non-cancerous tumor
between my colon and my bladder. I also had
They removed a the tumor and 8
inches of my colon in May 2010. Four days later my
colon came back apart. Emergency surgery and I
woke up with a bag on my stomach. I was in the VA
hospital for a whole month.
I also lost
50 pounds while I was in the hospital. I went from
215 pounds to 165. Great way to loose weight, but
I don't recom...
Huge parastomal hernia .. will it affect the reversal?
a melon sized hernia appeared overnight.. it is
uncomfortable but im worred about a few
i want to have a hartmans reversal in
12 months and im worried if it will affect the
reversal,.. they want to do the op at the time of
reversal, but if it gets any bigger
and if they have to operate sooner,
will that reduce chance of success?
im worried about bowel strangulation as i already
live with PTSd from almost dying from bowel
perforation, my fear is escalated wi...
Hartmann's reversal and hernia repair at the same time
Hi, I have just joined the site and looking for
anyone who has had a Hartmann's reversal and
abdominal hernia repair done at the same time. I
had emergency surgery in April and nearly died due
to infection and my wound didn't heal for about 2
months I cannot have the hernia repaired without
having a reversal and Iam really scared as I had
no intention of having a reversal for a while as I
feel really good, the best I have felt in about 2
years can anyone help.
I refused the reversal
well hiya to all off you id like
to tell you all about my
experience off the day
On wednesday the 1st feb 2012 i was due to go
have a illio reversal to be done
chickened out off it i refused to have
it as after reading all your comments
on the reversal were they
connect the small intestine
to the butt i
couldnt go thro with it .
as without the
large bowl id be...
Hi Everyone. I had my colostomy reversal on Jan.
30th and am still in the hospital. All indications
so far are that it will be successful. The pain
isn't as bad as the initial surgery in October so
I am hoping my recovery will be better as
well. I had a low sigmoid ostomy
following a diverticular abscess that would not
respond to draining or antibiotics. It has been
quite an ordeal. I will keep you posted on my
daily progress if that would be helpful to those
of you who are scheduled ...
Colostomy reversal with hernia repair surgery
My reversal and hernia surgery is tomorrow, Feb
3rd! I've been on the clear liquid diet
since yesterday at 4:00 so I'm feeling quite
hungry about now. It's funny how food
looks and smells so great when you can't have
it. I'm nervous and anxious for
tomorrow to come. I pray all will go
well and all of you on this site have helped me
with all of your encouragement and
information. I am truly thankful to you
all. I'll post again as s...
Prep fpr ostomy reversal
Hi everyone. I have been reading your posts since
I had an emergency sigmoid colostomy performed on
Oct 6. This is my first time posting. My reversal
is scheduled for Monday Jan 30th and my doctor has
prescribed a bowel prep called Moviprep. I took
half the prescribed amount prior to my first
surgery as I have a very sensitive colon. However
my doctor is recommending the full 2 course prep
this time and I am worried. I would appreciate any
advice re the prep and what its like to cleanse
So...reversal a no go
SO I went in for a colostomy reversal on 12/27/11
as you may know, and everything went textbook, and
went well. I was released from the hospital on
12/30 and all seemed to go fine. Through the
course of that night I started running low grade
fevers and took ibuprofen and it went away by
morning. SO I thought it was all ok. Over the
course of the day I started getting more frequent
abdominal pain, and by evening ended up back in
the emergency room. I was vomiting and running low
grade fevers agai...
Count down to reversal...
I just found and joined this
site a few days ago. I wish I had discovered it
sooner. So many helpful tips and hints that even
the hospitals dont seem to know.
that being said I begin the count down to my
Five weeks from today.
that sounds like its far away, but in my head it's
coming fast and I have no idea what to
A brief history of what happened to
me, starts at the end o...
Ileostomy reversal, i will let you know how it goes
Guess I will start from the beginning. 2 1/2 years
ago I had a sudden onset of abdominal pain which
got worse over 48 hours. Having no insurance
coverage, I held out as long as I could before
going to the ER with the abdominal pain and no B/M
for over 72 hours.
8 hours after
arriving in the ED, I was in surgery and 12 hours
later I had a colostomy.
I will give a
blow by blow in later posts but after an
unsuccessful attempt at reversal last September
that resulted in an ilesoto...
Colostomy reversal with hernia repair
This is the first time I have posted on this
site. I've been reading it for a while
and all of you have helped me feel less like a
freak and given me hope. I started with
this whole thing last May with pain which I chose
to ignore because I was afraid of
cancer. Many people in my family have
had cancer and I was three weeks away from my
When it got bad and I went
to a specialist, he said he couldn't believe I was
still functioning because ...
Information on ileostomy reversal
So in March of last year, I had surgery to have a
total colectomy with end ileostomy. I was told
that since it was a final determination of
ulcerative colitis, that I could later on have a
reversal if I wished. I'm looking to get
information from anyone who has had this done, or
knows someone who has, to get information
regarding this process. I know that if I do have
the reversal done, it will be a two surgery
process, first to create a small pouch with part
of my small intestine, and the secon...
What/how to prepare for successful reversal
I would like to prepare myself for successful
reversal. I would like to hear from those who have
gone through this process, what to expect, what to
I love to hear positive experience,
not negative one. I am mentally and visually
preparing for a SUCCESSFUL surgery! It's going to
what I know so far
- kegal exercise
wet wipe to the hospital
- installing bide in my
- stock up on diapers/large
- get water pr...
Reversal done 15-11-2011, now i am nearly there!
here is an up date for any one following my
progress. operation 15th november
the hartmans reversal, with mesh
for repair of inscitional hernia went
well , till my tummy got bigger and bigger and
eventualy split open spilling 3 pins of
exulate. on the 12th december , 2 days
in hospital with IV antibiotics and then home on
oral antibiotics and a stoma bag on the wound.
exulate out put was quite high to start with at
around 200ml a day the wound loo...
Your input or advice for reversal
There are so many stories here, I'm well aware
that I'm one of the luckier ones. A benin lump
turned out to be endometriosis and my colon was
disintegrated and couldn't be
Now I seem to be ready for a
reconnection after one colon specialist 6 months
ago said I had to loose weight first, a second
thinks that not realistic. The tricky part is the
blood in the anal mucus that always correlates to
my period. The scope indicates Diversion Proctitis
(lack of use) but given what sta...
The night of August 16th was probably the most
painful night of my life. Starting at 5PM and
finally at 4AM on the 17th I let my wife call 911.
I was brought to the hospital and diagnosed as
having a perforated colon from diverticulitus. If
I wasn't on so much morphine I probably would have
flipped out. Finally that afternoon they found air
floating around my chest area and decided I had to
have surgery. I was well prepped for it as far as
info goes so I knew I would wake up with a bag. My
Husbands ostomy reversal went well
My husband had an emergency colostomy August 2nd
2011 due to a bowel rupture and an E coli abcess
in his abdomen from diverticulitis. He
had his reversal done on Nov. 16th.
Everything went very
well. Surgery was on
Wednesday afternoon and he was home on
Monday. On 1st day post op - bowels
started working and he was passing gas, and by
Saturday had his first BM and all was
fine. He did have a longer surgery than
expected since ther...
Ostomy reversal question
Hope someone can help. Had a colostomy last May.
Went in for reversal operation Oct. 5th. OP did
not go well and required two emergency operations
during the 6 weeks I was hospitalized. Last op was
7 weeks ago. I suffer from daily diarrhea and
actually lose control about every other day. Dr.
ordered stool tests for c. diff which I have had
and know this is not c. diff. What is going on?
Back home post op. reversal done!
well that was a tad upleasant!
i had my
revarsal on the 15th november and today is the
first day i have felt any were near ok.
has been a lot of pain and a lot of constipation.
i have so far not trusted a fart and for good
i have worked out that if i take
around 7 mil of lactolose morning and evening i
can manage a poo but with out it i am unable to
push anything out. if i take the stated 15 mil
then i am in agony for he whole
the worst pain is the...
I am looking forward to a reversal in January. I
have a colostomy due to a perforated bowel from a
fistula- Crohns-. The surgeon wants me to do water
enemas twice a week in preparation. Is this to
cleanse or to stimulate the colon to work again?
It has been 9 months since my surgery.thanks......
Movement of stoma and no reversal
Hello I am new to posting in a forum, but have
read many different posts by other people. I have
had Crohns since I was 18 and had five separate
operations in that time removing parts of damaged
bowel. My last operation was to give me a
temporary colostomy to give my bowels arest and
repair a fistula that was continually causing
infection. I was told when the surgery was
performed that reversal would be an option in a
years time, I had the operation in May 2010.
Straight away after the op it was...
Hi all... I've been lurking for about a year,
rarely post but love reading everyone's stories.
I earned my
colostomy by way of a surgical injury. I had no
previous gastro issues nor any type of bowel
disease. Surgery was to remove gynecological
cancer, which was caught very early (stage 1B1). I
survived! Honestly, that's all that really matters
To the point ...
Colorectal surgeon advises a two-phase
reversal process because I had...
Raw food/ diet / herbs etc for healing colon for reversal??
Hi guys, well I have six months til I may or may
not be eligable for an end colostomy
I am so desperate to heal my colon
from the inflamation/ surgery etc and the chronic
consitpation that caused the perf, and im
desperate to try anyting that might help!
I am shaking up my diet, no more junk food
for me, and I'm trying the alkaline diet atm..
lotsa of fruits and veggies, no refind sugar, no
dairy, ( i dont eat meat or fish anyway)
i've added fresh veggie and frui...
Abdominal swelling after ileosomy reversal
Hi. I had my ileostomy reversal surgery
2 1/2 weeks ago. My abdomin is really
swollen and I can't wear regular pants, only loose
fitting sweats. This swelling will go
away - right? Does anyone know how long
it will take the swelling to go down?
Countdown to reversal
Hi guys! how are you all doing?
Just to tell
you that my reversal is next week *O*, on november
11th. i'm just so anxious about it!
I want to
thank you all for the support in these 4 months,
you've been a great part of my emotional
recovery...Wish I could hug you all!
Wish me luck!
Any tips for the next big recovery?
Just joined this site a few days
ago. Better late than
never. About 8 weeks ago I had surgery
for a diverticulitis attack. Besides
the normal inflamation, I had developed a
Micro-perforation and an abcess which prompted the
emergency surgery. After 2 seperate CAT
scans in 2 weeks that they did, they never noticed
the abcess. I blame part of it on the
first hospital I was in. It was a
teaching hospital where the residents on the su...
Fertility after reversal surgery advice needed!
Hello ladies and gents,
I've seen some
really amazing responses in these threads and am
both very happy and reassured to know there are so
many people willing to offer their support and
advice; this website is a valuable resource!
I'm hoping to find some further
information on ileo-anal, or j-pouch, surgery (for
an ileostomy reversal - as if you guys didn't know
I had an
emergency total colectomy in May this year (family
fun for the UK ban...
Reversal of an ostomy
I am having a reversal of my ostomy and a repair
of a hernia the size of a grapefruit next
The doctor says I will be in the
hospital a week. Is there anything I
should be looking out for?
It would be so nice
to hear from someone who has had the surgery in
Scheduled my reversal today...
Received an emergency colostomy due to a
diverticulitis induced bowel rupture on july
11th... Been a tough road but thanks to
everyone here who has shared past or previous
experiences, my temporary predicament pales by
comparison. I was fortunate to have the
entire procedure done laparoscopically and
according to the surgeon, so will the
reversal. He did mention the small
chance of it becoming an open-abd sx but
Scheduled the reversal for sept
Any problems with your reversal?
Hi, my name is Paula and i am new I had a hysterectomy
surgery last August and it went BAD my bladder was
clipped along with my large intestines so i had to
have a ostomy bag for 3 months, thankfully last
December i had the reversal and i was wondering if
anyone has had any problems with their reversal
its been 8 months and i still have swelling, pain,
weird noises and movement in my stomach
constantly, my doctor says he doesn't know why and
i am at my witts
Reversal - really afraid
Hello everyone! I am new around here...I'm 22
years old and I had a hartman's colostomy on july
because of a car accident that caused a rupture in
my bowel. It has been very hard for me
to accept all that happened, since I am so young,
just graduated in the university, have a boyfriend
and so on and so forth.
My reversal is
scheduled for november, but I've heard so many bad
things that I'm a bit apprehensive...I asked my
doctor if the part of my bowel he removed was big
and he sa...
My surgeon tells me you can't get a reversal after
four years. Anyone know how long you
can wait, i didn't know there was a
limit. Mine was done it Dec 2005, he
said i'm at a high risk and i have three large
hernias too from the surgery, which makes my belly
pertrude on the side. I still want to have more
information on this and maybe get this done one of
these days. I have Lupus, thats what
makes it serious to have the surgery, had a stroke
after the first surge...
Colostomy reversal, hernia repair and new ileostomy
I need some advice on what to expect and
encouragement. I have crohns disease
which was very active in the decending colon and
rectum. I had a permanent colostomy formed and my
decending colon and rectum removed with the hope
that it would cure all my problems. My
remaining tranverse colon was deemed to be
unaffected by the crohns. That surgery
was two years ago and since then the crohns has
appeared in my remaining colon and I also have a
severe parastomal herni...
I had surgery about three years ago I had a
blockage and it was emergancy surgary. A year
later I went in for the reversal but there was so
much infection the Dr. said It was like an
explosion going off. the Dr. sniped a vain Ilost
2/3 of my blood supplie. I only have a stump left
for a rectum. My Dr. tells me that he can do the
reversal but it will take a year out of my live
and I will have a sudden urge to have a bowel
Has anyone had this problem?
Is it worth it? Please hel...
Is 3 months to soon for a reversal
Had tranverse stoma installed in Feb.
11 2011. Getting scoped on
May 3rd, return to see surgeon on May 10th. If
healed well he wants to schedule reversal then.
Thanks for any input.
Reversal coming up !
I certainly would like to know too, if there will
be any problems after a hernia and ilieostomy
reversal. I'm scheduled for that on
April 7th and needless to say, with a
scheduled operation, I'm a little
My stoma seems to be growing every day
and it seems that I need to cut the hole bigger on
my flange so that I don't pinch it. I,
lol of course, thought that the stoma was to get
smaller in time....but t...
Reversal procedures - how many?
I have heard from some souls that they
have had their reversals
repeated. how soon after the first
reversal was the second and the
third? What was the rason to re-do the
It has been a year and a
half since mine. I don't
have any symptems of any thing
wrong, but would like to know what to
Yeah my reversal is done!
Dec 6 had my reversal after being turned down by
surgeons. Found an
specialist that did a great job. Going
for last check up tomorrow. Had
colostomy since May 08, my advice; find the best
doctor you can afford, get lots of referrals and
check out how often they do your type of surgery.
General surgeons don't do as many and specialist
have seen every variation you may
have. Best of luck, Faith 4 today and
Ileostomy to a j-pouch and reversal
Has anyone had an ileo then gotten a j-pouch made
and been reversed? I have a preop visit with the
surgeon in a few weeks and am pretty nervous about
the coming surgery. I want to know what I am in
for. I'm not thrilled about having an ileo but in
some ways its not so bad
Reasons for reversal
I recently had an ileostomy in February.
Unfortunately, I had a doctor who completely
mislead myself and my mother into believing that I
wouldn't need a bag and he could reconnect my
colon. He completely betrayed my trust and
needless to say, I won't be going back to him
again. I've only recently decided to find a new
gastroenterologist since I was so betrayed by my
previous doctor. Anyways, I was wondering if
anyone has had reversals simply because they
WANTED one. I know there are a lot of cir...
Reversal scheduled for october= need information please!
I am a relatively healthy man. I was in a
snowmobile accident in January and had to have a
colostomy to heal and to stop any infection from
my wounds etc.
scheduled for October and was not told of any
risks from my doctor. I have been reading horror
stories on this site, and was wondering if I would
have the same issues.
If anyone could advise
me of any news good or bad, that would be great,
thankyou for your time
Any thoughts about reversals?
any thoughts or suggesetions about reversals. i
had a colonostomy 6 weeks ago. most of the colon
was taken out but they left in the rectum in case
i decide to try a j pouch. i've read
some good and bad experiences. i wonder as i am
doing well, so far, knock wood, if i should leave
well enough alone.
Hi , i am 18 years old and i had an emergency
colostomy done after a gun shot wound to the belly
im march. i am having the reversal done on 8/11/10
and totally dont know what to expect . i was in
coma while the colostomy healed so i really wish
to know what should i expect after surgery
CAN ANYBODY HELP !!!!!!
ReversalHi all...Just a question. Has anyone out
there experienced a GOOD reversal? I have one
scheduled in a couple of months, and am a bit
nervous about the complications many of you have
said might happen? Cheers!
Severe nausea, pain & bloatedness after reversal
Hi I'm a newby so forgive my lack of knowledge but
wondered after reading the boards if anyone after
having a stoma reversed could offer any help on
My husband had a
reversal of his Ileostomy 20th July 2010.
In Jan 2010 he woke up with stoma bag
after a 10hr emergency surgery to save his life
after a Pancreas Transplant went
Currently he is in a lot of pain,
abdomen very swollen, bloated feeling all the
time, severe nausea & has gained 11lb yet ...
Fao: kizzed ... reversal recovery time ....
Hi there - you can post on the Forum if you are a
free member - because I do and am!
post your question below - not something I can
comment on as haven't as yet had one - and despite
having NO bowel disease not sure if I ever will!
Am sure you will get plenty of responses though
..... Rach xx
My husband had a reversal of his
Ileostomy 20th July
2010...just wanted advice
on recovery time. In Jan 2010
he woke up with
stoma bag aft...
Gi surgeon magazines offer stats on reversal sucess rate
I have hunted online for months on medical doctor
web sites and the stats for reversals don't look
that good. They state the big concerns
are if you have
another condition that might add more risk to
surgery. (heart disease, diabetes, pulminary
if you are
p; if you are over 55
can be considered for the reve...
I had a stoma for about 10 months as I
lost 2/3 of my bowel due to an accident.
had the reversal op about a month ago. I have
abdominal pain/discomfort almost like muscular
pain and a distended stomach.
Colostomy reversal now ileostomy - help!
I had an attempted colostomy reversal, they found
yet another leak and now I have an
ileostomy. I am having trouble getting
my bag on before any output and it's made the skin
below my stoma very red and raw. Anyone
have tips or suggestions?
Hello everyone/anyone, i'm due to see my doctor
and would really like to try for a reversal of my
illeostomy, i have been previously told that the
chances are slim because of scar tissue, has
anyone got experience with this sort of
problem. I really want the good and the
bad news as i would prefer to go at it with a
realistic attitude. Thanks
I have a reversal in oct, tramkidol dont work for pain,
Tramidol is somthing i am allergic too, like
Morphone and that Phamily and is
dangrerous. Take Lorace or Other Pain
Pills Not related to what I am Allergeic
too. I have Major surger in OCT. I will
have the surgery as a Cathoic and making out a
Go by what you can
live with Love JG or Jenny
3 months post ileostomy reversal update
I wanted to put a quick update here to let those
interested know how I'm doing since my ileostomy
reversal 3 months ago.
I had good progress for
the first 2 months but the past 3 weeks seem to
have gone backwards. I'm still in a lot
of pain and spending too much time in the bathroom
(8 - 12 x daily). I am housebound all
morning and if I need to go out at all, I fast
beforehand. Gas and cramping are a huge
The surgeon is fairly happy with
Gastritis and reversals
does anyone know if having a case of gastritis
would effect whether u can be reversed or not? my
boyfriend cutrrently has gastritis and is supposed
to be reversed in 2-4 weeks. just curious so i can
start the countdown. thanx
What is a reversal???
what is a reversal? I just had ostomy surgery
2months ago and am a bit confused. Even if they
can't do a J-pouch thereis still other surgeries?
Ostomy reversal timeline?
I had my (emergency) transverse colostomy on
December 1st, after a bout with diverticulitis
wouldn't resolve, abscesses formed and
ruptured. The doc said we need to wait
6-7 months, at least, before reversing
it. I am wondering what others'
experience is in regards to the timeline for
reversal. It seems to me a good idea to
wait until everything is healed and strong, yet it
also seems like it would be good to do it while
the body still remembers how to poop!
I had my reversal done
I was wondering if someone could tell me exactly
what its like to have a colostomy and give me all
the details. Good and bad. Ive had and ileostomy
since 2011 and my doctor is talking about me
getting a colostomy. I would really just like to
keep the ileostomy but he is very much against
that. So Im just very interested from hearing from
someone who has one instead of everything Ive
read. Please be honest with me! Thankyou<
I had my reversal done
Hi guys, I know I've been gone for a while but
with good reason!!
Most of you know my story,
of how ai got to be an ostomate, read my profile
thingy, so I won't bore you with the
Here's my story of what I just went
through and my reversal.
original surgey (hysterectomy) in October when Dr.
Malpractice cut my colon, I have had a drainage of
pus from my vagina and some horrible pelvic
I went in and had a barium enema, it
showed no fistula but i was still...
Having my reversal tomorrow
To all of my wonderful ostomates, thank you for
your support, advice and
encouragement. I wanted to let you all
know that my surgery date was just bought forward
to tomorrow (Friday, feb 19) instead of
Monday. I promise to post as soon as I
am well enough to let you know how it all
went. I am scared to death but hopeful
To Rachel, Happy birthday for
Monday! To Hannah, I hope you are back
online soon and have a wonderful success story
Two weeks after my reversal, all seems to be going well..
I post this here, and on other forums of similar
subject manner so people facing a comparable
'reversal' situation can read my experiences.
Comments and questions are most
I was driving home from work in
December 2008, when i was hit by a young man who
was attempting a reckless maneuver at insanely
high speed. Ultimately, He crossed into my lane
and plowed directly in to the driver's side of my
car. As i was bring cut out of the car by the
emergency services, i faded into uncon...
Reversal stories...please post. good and bad
I want this to be a topic of the month as everyone
seems to think that reversal is the answer..I want
people who have great stories to post here as well
as any other bad or not so good stories to post
here...I want everyone to hear all the good and
share, as I personally
believe the medical establishment hangs the
proverbial "reversal carrot" out for
those of us that are chronically ill and believing
that its better than Ostomy( because they ...
i am just wondering if any one
has had a colostomy reversal and is willing to
share any information that may help!
Colostomy reversal & hernia repair
Hi all, I need some advice I had a colostomy
reversal & hernia repair 9 weeks ago and all
seems to be settling down one or two small issues
but generally all seems to be ok. My question is
do I or should I use anything to hopefully stop a
reocurrance of a hernia . I am aware that I
should'nt lift anything too heavy. Many thanks
Reversal is friday - pretty scared
decided to do it. Friday morning I am going to
have a reversal. I just had the colostomy August
22 - so this is pretty soon (from what folks on
here have said) but my doctor is very confident.
Course he is the guy who punctured my colon during
a hernia repair. Perotonitis came next - then -
The last surgery almost did
me in - literally. I admit to being really, really
scared about this next one. I don't have an
infection this ti...
Reversal surgery scheduled - can't work up good thoughts
My reversal surgery is set for December 4. You
would think I'd be celebrating but I am really
scared. My last surgery almost killed me. Plus I
do not hear a lot of great things about reversals.
Are there any happy stories out there
about reversals that went well? It is only about 5
weeks since I got my ostomy and it is about 5
weeks til surgery is scheduled. I have not had
time to "get used" to this business. I
still feel like I am healing. Lots of aches and
pains. I get wind...
After my colostomy reversal and hernia repair
Hi, just to keep you all up to date I had my
operation on the 14th October was in hospital for
5 days I have done very well all seems to be
settling down obviously tender and sore.
I have been told not to lift anything for a
while and certainly to avoid anything heavy.
However I do have a question when you suffer
with a hernia and you get it repaired and you give
it plenty rest over the weeks/months can you carry
on as normal in other words are you able to lift
things that co...
man i wish it was me mine is not able to be
with it forever (((
sucks ya know my mom
who says she thinks its cleaner old
way good she can worry about 24 7 and i will take
her normal bathroom habits and give her my
can.t wear same kinda clothes i did
before cause it sticks
out a lot
i wish which quack doctor
to blame this whole cancer thing
on the first
man i wish it was me mine is not able to be
with it forever (((
sucks ya know my mom
who says she thinks its cleaner old
way good she can worry about 24 7 and i will take
her normal bathroom habits and give her my
can.t wear same kinda clothes i did
before cause it sticks
out a lot
i wish which quack doctor
to blame this whole cancer thing
on the first
Last week i had an ileostomy loop reversal,can anybods help
recently had my ileostomy loop refersal after 2
and half years of haveing a stomer bag i started
with a colostomy then i had an ileostomy,then i
had to have my intestine repaired for it was not
possible to have a reversal due to the scar tissue
blocking the flight path so to speak.last week i had my
ileostomy loop refersal,which at the moment all
seems to be well apart from servere cramps and big
Just wanted to report that I have just completed
the first of two surgeries needed to complete my
reversal/reconnection. Actually I had considered
it for years & had already decided not to
undergo the surgeries. I had a good system &
had learned to live quite comfortably w/ my
ostomy, plus at my age I just didn't want to go
thru all the time, pain & discomfort. Then the
peristomal hernia I had developed trapped my bowel
& almost cut off it's blood supply. After 8
hrs in the emerg...
Reversal back to colostomy
My wife has had a reversal
but has been finding that even after 4 years she
still has to constantly visit the loo , making her
very sore , we are unable to go for a walk any
distance unless there are public toilets nearby ,
we cannot go to the theater or cinema , on our
last visit to the hospital she was asked if she
would like to have a colostomy which we are told
she would only have to visit the loo once a day or
every other day , it seems there are two types one
with a p...
Colostomy reversal / takedown
Hi, there, I have
responded to two mates with questions on this
subject so far. All I can say is I had
mine done July 1, 2009. I had the take
down on the colostomy, 2 hernias and what my
surgeon said was a 'tummy tuck'. He did
extensive surgery on me.
Was in the
hospital 5 days until they are sure there are
bowel sounds. After I got home the
first few weeks were not the best. Not
all my problems were from t...
Colostomy reversal & hernia repair
Hi , my name is pippa and I am looking
for advise and other people's opinion on colostomy
reversal & hernia repair it will be getting
done all at the same time, which I think is
i am due to see my surgeon soon about
having a reversal done,and im not sure what to
can anyone that has had successfully or
not please be kind enought to leave me a post of
there experiance of this operation and what life
is like afterwards in regards with
output,pain,success or not,thankyou xx
Anyone out there who has went
through the reversal of their
colostomy. I have heard good and bad
regarding this. I think I would like to
hear some more of the good before I commit myself
to have this procedure.
itself was not too bad except that I had septia
and peritonitis and almost died
twice. Now that that is all over and
done with I am scared to go back and have surgery
again, even though I hear it is not as bad as what