|Good luck Dave! I'm a new guy, just got done reading all the posts on this thread, and you're probably in surgery as I type. |
I had emergency surgery on Jan 10 for a ruptured large intestine, and woke up with a bag. My surgeon said 3-4 months and I could have a reversal. From what I've read here, I guess I'm very fortunate. I'm not going to have it long enough to get "attached" to it, I just want it gone. The associated hernia is painful, getting supplies is a nightmare because of my insurance, it's just a nightmare. So I'm counting on a 3 month reversal, though I don't have a surgeon yet since the guy that did the emergency isn't in my "network" and won't be doing the reversal.
After reading your posts, I have some questions about the pre-op procedures. What do they have to do? What kind of tests do they have to do, and how long after the tests do they get to the surgery? Is the surgery scheduled and then the tests done? I'm just anxious to get to it. According to my calculations, I'm 7 weeks from the 3 month date if you go by calendar months, or 6 weeks by 4 weeks/month.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences, and best of luck to you all. I can't wait to share about my reversal!
Hi there BluHarley and welcome along to the site, Oh I know well how you feel about wanting to have your reversal done. I went through that stage too and actually got to like mine. But I would caution you not to make the reversal date too much of a priority. I'm just trying to warn you not to rush it. I may have been the unfortunate one with having three cancellations and losing my surgeon, but it can be crushing having to build up several times only to have it cancelled. Just be prepared is all I'm trying to say. But on a more positive note, you'll find this place hard to beat for wonderful support and encouragement. By the way, If I'm not mistaken I think there were various suggestions here on the site for those with insufficient insurance or the likes. Check with some of the suppliers too and explain your situation, I know Hollister have a similar scheme to help out.
So, be patient and take it one day at a time. You've only taken a slight detour on your harley and you'll soon be back on the highway. Take care, Colm