Just left surgeons office, reversal scheduled for July 10! It has taken two and a half years to get to this point ....my thanks to all of you who have shared your stories of reversal surgery to help me understand and prepare for this! This site has been such a blessing!
I would rather you be prepared than discouraged. Remember that the part of your gut that has not been used no longer has a population of microorganisms that we use to help us digest our food. You're going to experience some discomfort in the way of... Frequency... likely diarrhea and yes some pain. Go slowly as your doctor recommends and advance foods slowly as tolerated please only one at a time. Ask your surgeon which moisture barrier he prefers that you be allowed to use and how soon to use it. Once he gives the okay, make sure to use it liberally at first it will save you a lot of pain in the ass. I recommend reading what to expect from previous recipients of takedown in the comments section so that you can be prepared. https://www.ostomy.org/facts-ostomy-reversals/
I'm doing great after my reversal ileostomy surgery in February 15th... the only this is I still have diarrhea.. but its still better than the ostomy!!! Remember to bring baby wipes and butt paste to hospital and get yourself some preparation H... they also have wipes... make sure and use the butt paste.
Thank you Ren! I will get some Prep H too! I didn't know about having that on hand. I have already packed the baby wipes and butt paste and will look for Prep H wipes too. I sure appreciate the advice! Thank you for sharing your journey, it has been so good to hear first hand information!