I am a 48 yo male and am one week post ileostomy takedown. I had a temp ileostomy for 5 months due to a bowel resection for diverticulitis. I read many horror stories online in my quest for information and i have to say I couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out.
I had my surgery on Feb 19 at 8:30 am and by midnight I could feel my bowels starting up.
The sounds were incredible as the old boy kicked into gear with minimal discomfort.
Soon after this I passed gas for the first time in 5 months and it felt great! At 3:30am I had my first BM. It was pretty watery but no pain and I was so happy I had to call the nurse and tell her the news!
Two hours later I had my second BM which was much the same as the first.
At 7am the surgeons did their rounds and asked me if I had passed gas. When I told them I had already had 2 BM's they were amazed! At this point I was on a clear liquid diet, so they upgraded me to light meals to see if my stomach could handle it. I ate a sandwich and had some mash potato for dinner. I took things very slowly. I had a lot of gas the second day and no BM's. The next morning I had my 3rd BM around 6am and when the surgeons saw me an hour later they said I was fine to go home.
Only one full day in hospital. Amazing!! When I got home I had my first solid, pain free BM and this has continued to be the case to this day. Some constipation now and then but nothing too bad. I am having anywhere between 2 to 5 BM's a day. There is some tenderness around my anus which is normal since it's been out of action for such a long time.
They left the stoma site wound open, so it would heal from the inside out. Its about 2cm deep and packed with gauze and covered in waterproof dressing. There is minimal pain around the wound site which I manage with paracetamol and the occasional oxycodone. I have daily nurse visits to change the dressing.(We have amazing healthcare here in Australia!)
Overall, this has turned out so much better than I ever thought possible. Life without that dreaded bag is great so far and I look forward to healing and leaving the past 8 months behind me. To say this period of time has been life changing is an understatement!
I hope that somebody finds some encouragement in my story.
Remember, things can work out for you better than you may think.
If anyone has any questions I'd be pleased to answer them as best I can.
Thanks for reading and all the very best to you all.