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 dehydration and
vomiting. I have no desire to eat or drink for
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. Is this normal?. Please tell me this
gets better. I am ...
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 cramping
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 bag?
Advice, suggestions, 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 reversal. Thanks.
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 :-( id just had a baby girl few
months b4 and my life at the moment is my 4
went to see my doctor yesterday at the hospital
but hes off sick so i so 1 of his undersudies who
more or less told me my reversal would be to much
of a gamble and very life thretaning as there is
so much damage already done inside, but the...
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 advice :)
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, but in...
I have had an ileostomy since last april due to a
small bowel resection, they took about 2.5
feet from me. I am wandering about a reversal,
wandering if they will be able to do it. My
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 guard.
I'm nervous because I don't want to rush into
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.
I know people who have had the revesal and they
say they haven't e...
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
i 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 weeks. They
Greetings - advice sought on upcoming ostomy reversal
Greetings 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 length.
I’m ~6 weeks out of the hospital from emergency
surgery that involved: removal of a (non-cancerous
as it turns out) blocking mass in my colon (that
was bad enough the doc couldn’t get the
colonoscopy instrument past it to examine the rest
of my colon), remova...
Life after reversal
I had my ileostomy reversal done on Dec. 2. My
surgery for the ostomy was done as an emergency
on June 3 of this year. In March of this year I
had a heart attack. Been something of a tough
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 diarrhea was
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
" 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 abdominal wall is, as expected,
very distorted and deficient."<
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 feel fantastic.
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 know its early days
but docs all happ...
Open colostomy reversal and new temporary ileostomy
Long story 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 the worst. Five days
later I awoke in ICU and taken off of life
support. I spent the next two months between the
hospital and a n...
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 if anyone else had to take this test
and/or how do ...
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 normal to me and tha...
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 with mesh.
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 peretonitis, took 4 days to know
if I was to live or die. F...
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 ostomies.
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
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 helpful
I had an obstruction april2012 and after a month
of struggling and 20 pounds less later I went to
an emergency surgery. No one told me that about
the risk of an ostomy nor I have heard about it
ever before ...
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 really massive,
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
I didnt have any problems with getting to the
My reversal in on friday 23rd august
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 work,
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 months.
Getting fit and get back to my normal weight,
Is this just going to put me back again?
If any one is going/gone/had this ...
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
I'd be happy to chat with anyone who's recently
'gained' a stoma and wants to talk to someone
who's been in their shoes or anyone hoping for a
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. I went from watery urgency movements
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 time t...
Reversal on june 24th
I am 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 movement?? Mainly just
different stories o...
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 several times a day and others
twice. No loose bms. ...
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 months...
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 because of my lung...
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 did .... ...
I HAVE A COLOSTOMY W A STOMA HAD SINCE OCT 2010
EVERYONE SAYS "GET IT REVERSED "
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
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 times. Love this place, great place for
Anyways, I am ...
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 CA.
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 defini...
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 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 out!!!
My questions are - does this epidural just numb
you and you are awake for...
Has anyone had a reversal even though you have
short bowel syndrome and did it help?
Is the stool still liquid after reversal and is it
hard to control bowel movements?
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:
For sore butt:<xml><o></o>
- Soft toilet paper<o></o>
- Flushable wipes<o></o>
- Calmoseptine or similar product (use surgical
glove to apply; ...
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 martius graft ...
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 to have occurred the night before
while I was slee...
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 thought.
My original emergency surgery was done by the
general surgeon on call in the hospital that night
(Christmas Eve!), and I've since been seeing a
different surgeon who co...
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 together are very pai...
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
and going to find ...
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 them. I gu...
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 consistancy, but no emergencies, and
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.
With this in mind, I've limited my caloric intake
quite a bit, a...
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 recovere...
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't seem to be
regular. Anyone else have issues from time to
time. Really nerv...
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 and flex sigmoi...
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..
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 to te...
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 usual after reversal? My
reversal has 4 anastomotic sites and tons of
adhesions removed. I hope you that have gone
thru this can shed light on this. Thank you
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 reversal of 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
started. Hospital stay of 10 days. So happy to be
home and in my bed. Lol. Hurts like all get out,
trying to balance walking enough with
rest".......and I am ...
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 hopefully successfully??
I also have something called VATER syndrome, i...
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
I was w...
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
I 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
colorectal surgery. ...
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
stand the taste of ...
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 rectal area heal. His spincte...
Bad colostomy reversal. x 2 and a cry for help
Is this much trouble comon place?
In Feb 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
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 recommend it to anyo...
Huge parastomal hernia .. will it affect the reversal?
a melon sized hernia appeared overnight.. it is
uncomfortable but im worred about a few things..
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
Also im worried about bowel strangulation as i
already live with PTSd from almost dying from
bowel perforation, my fear is escalated with the
arrival of t...
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
well i 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 running to the
john 24/7 to empty out and i wasnt lookiing
forward to doing that so i told my surgeon not to
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 for
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
soon as I'm able after my surgery and let you know
how it all...
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
Anyway, with that being said I begin the count
down to my ileostomy reversal.
Five weeks from today.
I know 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 of May 2011. I awoke in the middle of the
night with se...
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 ilesotomy I was
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 I had an abcess which was infected. ...
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 be successful!!
what I know so far are
[*:5a070b6a87]bring wet wipe to the hospital
[*:5a070b6a87]installing bide in my washroom
[*:5a070b6a87]stock up ...
Reversal done 15-11-2011, now i am nearly there!
here is an up date for any one following my
progress. operation 15th november 2011
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 loosly packed
with aquacell and a daily...
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 connected.
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 started i...
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 there was quite a bit of scar
adhesions. The surgeon had hi...
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.
there has been a lot of pain and a lot of
constipation. i have so far not trusted a fart and
for good reson.
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 experience.
the worst pain is the incisional her...
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 me.
To the point ...
Colorectal surgeon advises a two-phase reversal
process because I had radiation so close to the
rectal stump and the...
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 reversal.
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)
and i've added fresh veggie and fruit juicing
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
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
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!
P.S: 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 surgical ward seem to have little supervision
from the senior ...
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
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 bank holiday!) which was an awful,
Reversal of an ostomy
I am having a reversal of my ostomy and a repair
of a hernia the size of a grapefruit next week.
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 the past.
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 19...
Just wanted to thank everyone...
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 end
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 said not, that ...
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 surgery. Any suggestions,
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 hernia which
is painful as I believ...
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 help me o...
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 apprehensive.
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 then....that me! It seems if all
will go wrong, it will go wrong with m...
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 reversal.
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 watch for?
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 tomorrow.
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.
I am 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
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
In Jan 2010 he woke up with stoma bag after a 10hr
emergency surgery to save his life after a
Pancreas Transplant went wrong.
Currently he is in a lot of pain, abdomen very
swollen, bloated feeling all the time, severe
nausea & has gained 11lb yet hasnt eaten.
Fao: kizzed ... reversal recovery time ....
Hi there - you can post on the Forum if you are a
free member - because I do and am!
Will 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
2010...just wanted advice on recovery time. In Jan
he woke up with stoma bag after a 10hr surgery to
life after a Pancreas Tr...
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 obese
if you are over 55
If you can be considered for the reversal, sucess
is not garenteed. You may deverlope problematic
scar tissue, there is the risk the surgeon may
nick something nearby, you may have colon or anal
I had a stoma for about 10 months as I lost 2/3 of
my bowel due to an accident.
I had the reversal op about a month ago. I have
abdominal pain/discomfort almost like muscular
pain and a distended stomach.
Will this subside?
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?
Thanks in advance!
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.
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 living willl.
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 problem!
The surgeon is fairly happy with the way things
are going. He told me 2 we...
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!
Anyone have any ideas/ input (it ...
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 rest.
Here's my story of what I just went through and my
Since my original surgey (hysterectomy) in October
when Dr. Malpractice cut my colon, I have had a
drainage of pus from my vagina and some horrible
I went in and had a barium enema, it showed no
fistula but i was still sick. So they ...
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 of success.
To Rachel, Happy birthday for Monday! To Hannah,
I hope you are back online soon and have a
wonderful success story to share. To all of my
mates, I will be thin...
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 welcome.
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 unconscious...
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
bad...........Please 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 dont get
it, that it...
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
Hi, All.I 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 Bag...
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 time and
my doctor's partner is going to do...
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 winded rea...
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 could be regar...
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
fashioned way good she can worry about 24 7 and i
her normal bathroom habits and give her my bag
can.t wear same kinda clothes i did before cause
out a lot .
i wish which quack doctor to blame this whole
on the first place hope they enjoy their stay in
me question where the medical professio...
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
fashioned way good she can worry about 24 7 and i
her normal bathroom habits and give her my bag
can.t wear same kinda clothes i did before cause
out a lot .
i wish which quack doctor to blame this whole
on the first place hope they enjoy their stay in
me question where the medical professio...
Last week i had an ileostomy loop reversal,can anybods help
hi everyone,i 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
time diorea,which i dont really mind for im glad
that things are in motion,the onl...
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 plug or cap
and one wit...
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 the surgery though. Two weeks
after the surgery they took out the staples, told
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 good.
I had a colostomy last July through emergency
surgery its a long story so will get to the point
I had septicimia, septic shock, all my major
organs were starting to close down lots and lots
of complications anyway am having my reversal in
october. Not to mention I am very scared about the
whole thing but r...
i am due to see my surgeon soon about having a
reversal done,and im not sure what to do?
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
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
The colostomy 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 happened
If you have any po...