Questions re: Ileo Reversal

Feb 27, 2024 10:51 pm

So our teen just had ileostomy reversal five days ago. Her bowels moved some 24 hours after surgery and she passed some gas, but at the three-day postop mark she experienced frequent vomiting and nausea. She is feeling much better today - very little pain and no vomiting. The surgeons ordered her off all fluids two days ago due to the vomiting. She is feeling well enough to walk lots on the hospital floor but hasn't passed any gas for 3 days. Have any of you experienced anything similar postop? How long did it take to consistently pass gas? She is just on IV fluids now.

Feb 27, 2024 11:31 pm

Hi, what type of ileostomy reversal did your daughter have? Does she have any colon left? Have they said anything like ‘ileus'? Are they letting her have anything by mouth like ice? Reversal surgeries aren't a one size fits all since people have the original surgery for various reasons. It sounds like your daughter's symptoms are trending in the way you want them to go at this point. Are you at a children's hospital?

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Feb 28, 2024 1:12 am
Reply to CrappyColon

Hi, yes, she has all of her small and large bowel. She had a loop ileostomy placed due to a perforated appendix that caused damage to her terminal ileum (end of the small intestine). She had her ileostomy bag for a little over 5 months. The doc just visited—daughter is 19 but in a children's hospital—and he said it's not uncommon for it to take this long for her bowels to get going. So we are feeling better that things are okay. She has virtually no pain and walked several laps on the hospital floor today. We just need her to start farting! They are letting her have gum and hard candy.

Feb 28, 2024 2:12 am
Reply to jmakrizak

Isn't it funny sometimes what we can get excited about as a parent? If they're letting her do gum/candy, they think things are trending in the right direction too. With abdominal operations, it's really common for the intestines to be slow to wake up. She has her age on her side too when it comes to healing. I wish I could opt to be in a children's hospital when I have surgeries... I think they get more therapy dog visits too 😉

Feb 28, 2024 2:31 am

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Feb 28, 2024 9:37 am

She's only days into the reversal and it takes time for it all to wake up and start working right, so do as they say and give it time. She is in the right place if she needs attention. Regards, IGGIE