First Day Home After Loop Ileostomy Surgery: My Experience and Recovery

Mar 04, 2024 12:38 am

I was discharged from the hospital this morning after my step 2 of 3 surgery for reversal resulting in a loop ileostomy on Wednesday.

How's it going?

I'll start by saying they kept me in the hospital an extra day for no reason other than increased output, something I've never had issues with my previous stoma. I knew this was expected since we're playing with less plumbing, so hopefully things work themselves out as my system learns. I'm on meds to slow things down until my body adapts. They let me come home today to manage things myself with my own dieting. Hoping to thicken things up and get back to a manageable routine.

I'm also experiencing some uncontrollable output from the bottom end. Lots of liquid and blood. Manageable for the most part, but it does find its way out in small amounts when I bend over or pee. Mucus was a big part of my last stoma, so it was expected, but I'm a bit annoyed about the lack of control. The surgery was through my butt, so that likely caused some temporary issues that I hope recover over time. The surgeon says it's fine and should. We shall hope.

Aside from that, all is good. Pain is manageable and I'm way more confident with food since I've got the experience.

Of course… This is day 1. I'm sure most, if not all of this, will resolve with time.

Can't wait for week 7 so I can hit the gym :D

I'll update.

Mar 04, 2024 1:15 am

You've got this. Keep that positive outlook. Week 7 will be here sooner than you think. 💪

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Mar 04, 2024 1:23 pm

One day at a time, mate. Regards, IGGIE

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Mar 04, 2024 2:31 pm

You're doing well. Keep us updated.

Mar 04, 2024 3:05 pm

But no ileus!!!!! 😁

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Mar 05, 2024 5:24 pm
Reply to CrappyColon

Yeah. That's the best part!

Mar 05, 2024 6:08 pm

Have you done the happy dance yet? (Carefully)

Mar 07, 2024 3:06 am
Reply to kittybou

Of course! :D