Hi all, I'm new to this site. I'm here trying to get other people's experiences that might be similar to my mom's. My mom is 78 and has been living with a colostomy bag for about six months now as a result of having a perforation in the distal sigmoid colon. We are discussing the possibility of reversing the bag. We just met with a colon and rectal surgeon to get a second opinion and she advised that sometimes during the colostomy reversal, if there is a lot of contamination/scarring, a second operation called an ileostomy is needed to help give the bowel time to heal. Has anyone on this site had a colostomy reversal and needed a temporary ileostomy bag? If so, what was your experience with the ileostomy bag and the surgery itself? Was the ileostomy different from having the colostomy bag? Was the output different? How often did you have to empty/change the ileostomy bag? Currently we are using a closed bag from Convatec and change it maybe twice a day, sometimes three. How long did you have the temporary ileostomy before that surgery was reversed? Was there any complications? Any information you might want to share would be helpful. Thank you.
As you recover from surgery, you may feel tired and not interested in exercising much, if at all. But it's important for your health and well-being to start moving around.