Recovery from Colostomy Reversal and Hernia Surgery

Little Red
Dec 17, 2022 7:04 pm

It has been a while since I have posted. I am to have surgery in Madison, WI on Jan 25, 2023, for hopefully a reversal of my colostomy and a parastomal hernia and 3 other hernias. Has anyone had this done and how was the pain after, and how long were you in the hospital and how long was the recovery? I am 83 now, and it is scaring me because of my age. There are two surgeons going to do the surgery, one a hernia specialist and the other a colorectal surgeon.

Dec 17, 2022 7:12 pm

No idea on your questions but good luck.

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Dec 18, 2022 9:45 am

Back in August, I had a parastomal hernia repaired and I also had two surgeons working on me. First, the main surgeon doing the hernia opened me up, then the urologist went in to remove a cancer in my right kidney, removing 1/3 of it. After he had finished, the main surgeon repaired the hernia. It all together took 9 hours, and I was in the hospital for just over two weeks. I now feel very good but did have a blockage a couple of weeks ago, but now I am fighting fit. Good luck, and I hope all goes well with your operation and enjoy a great Christmas. IGGIE

Dec 18, 2022 10:44 pm

I wish you the very best for the outcome and for a speedy recovery.

Dec 19, 2022 6:12 pm

I had a reversal almost 4 years ago after having an ileostomy for 6-7 months. My situation was toxic megacolon; my colon was removed except for a small part that was left for future reversal. I spent a week in the hospital. Yes, it was painful and I felt lousy for a while, but that's a given with any major surgery. The gas pain was the worst! I was very tired, but made a real effort to walk and move as much as possible. I started feeling a little better after a couple weeks, and almost normal after a month. I had one doctor tell me to not push anything and let nature work in its own time. I've adjusted to my new normal and can live pretty much as I did before. I poop a lot more these days and don't eat anything (except a banana or scrambled egg) if I'm going to be away from home for any length of time. And I know where all the public restrooms are! Best of luck to you and keep us posted.

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Dec 21, 2022 2:00 pm

I don't know about this one, but I will keep you in my prayers.