I've had my ileostomy since December 07. I have a J pouch made in May 08 and then the reversal done in November last. Everything went great for the immediate two weeks after the op. However, when I went ,I developed and amostomotic leak and had to revert to the ileostomy a week later. I also got hemroids which didn't help the situation.
I'm having this repaired in July and thankfully it's only a small procedure and I have a very good surgeon. I'm having the reversal re-done early next year so please God it will be a success second time around.
At least I will be better prepared next time and know what to expect. I may have rushed things last time which probably didn't help matters.
Do not be nervous about it. Everything will work out just fine. I just have one piece of advice and that is to avoid eating fibre for a while after the op. It tends to cause wind and that is something you need to avoid for a while until things settle down.
I have a couple of friends with J pouches and it can take 6-12 months for everything to settle down so you will need to be patient.
If you would like to ask any other questions, please do.