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Colostomy Reversal - My Experience


Hello All
Well, I had my colostomy reversed 2+ weeks ago after a partial colon resection with colostomy due to ruptured Diverticulitis on Easter Sunday. The first 2-3 days went well with expected pain. That's when the wheels started to fall off. I developed an Ileus (gi tract not moving causing fluid build-up). My Dr and I discussed not using an NG tube unless necessary (bad choice on my part). By day 3-4, the pain was unbearable, and I could not sit up or roll from side to side. It was required to place an NG tube, and I puked the entire process. I filled three 2-liter containers within 10 minutes. I was NPO for 11 days and in ICU for 6 days. I was delusional for 3-4 days (due to sepsis and lactic acid build-up) and would not identify myself because I thought I was in a secretive ICU that you had to be “picked” by Dr to be in. I am a physician at that hospital, and the part of the ICU that I was in was brand new, and I had never been in there before. It took me 8 days to have the 1st BM. Then I would have 2-3 a day until the 9th night when I woke up having an uncontrollable BM. Luckily, my nursing staff collected a sample and sent it to the lab for C diff. I turned out to be positive for C diff. My Surgeon says that he sees quite a bit of C diff with multiple abdominal surgery patients. I have been home for 3 days now.

My best advice for anyone who is thinking of reversal or any abdominal surgery is
#1- get up and walk frequently post-op, even if it's short, do it as many times a day as possible
#2- we are all going to have a lot of BMs, but if you are having cramping with diarrhea, consider being tested for C diff.
#3- I did not post this to be negative about this process, but to point out that complications arise and can be dealt with. This is a major surgery!

Many thanks to all who have posted before me, I have learned a lot from you all!

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best wishes for a speedy return to normal.....sounds like the worst is behind you now !


Hi Footie97, thanks for the information there have been several people with question about it. I am sure they can use this infomation. Let us know how it goes as you continue to progress, Best wishes and stay safe


Hello Footie

NG Tube huh, my throat etc doesn't like that one at all, very very miserable experience for me. 

As for walking or should I say shuffling, I was always up and about 2 - 4 hours after waking up, not sure why .... maybe a defiance sort of thing , who knows.

Where I had all my op's the wards are sort of oval shaped, just go around and around, not many others were walking but seeing me go by all day some tacked on behind.

Whenever I looked behind it was like a sceen from the walking dead, looked like a herd of zombies following me hunched over in a slow and painful shuffle, made me laugh during difficult times.

Been delirious in ICU too, apparently I was in Hawaii for a while amongst other things.

Get well soon.



Thank you Super Hero, everyday is a new adventure for sure!   


Hi Footie good luck with your recovery, as for walking 2yrs. ago i had resection surgery for my atrophied ilieo. and the surgeon left the bottom inch of my incision open for drainage but things dont drain when laying on your back so when the nurse said time to get up and walk well there was a trail of bloody ooze from my icu bed out into the hallway well you should have seen the nurses rushing around trying to get me back into the room and in bed, they thought my incision opened up and were relieved when they lifted the bandage and saw it wasnt open. oh yeah i hate ng tube also


Thanks for the chuckles Axl.   I still walk like a zombie!   I wish I had better delusions Hawaii would have been nice to visit!   I have a huge hole in my nose from pressure from the NG tube, hopefully it heals soon !!!



Very informative n wish u the best. 

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