Recovery Progress and Stoma Incision Healing Time?

Aug 26, 2018 4:54 pm

15 weeks after my emergency sigmoid colostomy surgery, I am bag-free and doing pretty good. I had read so many horror stories about reversals, I decided to keep myself offline. I opted to be upbeat physically, mentally, and spiritually before reversal. I still have some pink-colored drainage from where the stoma was, and it's sore, but it's manageable. I take 8 extra-strength Tylenol a day as I won't do any opioids, and my pain is not extreme. I still am having issues each day not knowing if I will have a loose stool or having to work hard to go to the bathroom. I go back to the doctor tomorrow for my first follow-up since surgery. I am praying that I continue to see improvements daily. I am curious how long it took for the stoma incision site to heal up completely so I don't have to wear a guard for drainage?

Morning glory
Aug 26, 2018 11:09 pm


Sounds like you are doing well. Good news!

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Aug 27, 2018 3:13 am

I am so happy for you.... Stay positive!

Aug 27, 2018 6:29 am

Thank you so much for this positive post. Too often, people have a successful reversal and forget to give us the good news.

Best wishes


Aug 28, 2018 3:43 pm

Good news on your reversal!

I had my reversal in December of 2017. I would say things got back to fairly normal about 2-3 months ago.

Have you talked to your doctor about the pain and drainage?

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Aug 28, 2018 5:56 pm

I am in the process of scheduling a reversal. I too have read many horror stories, so it is nice to read one with a positive message. I have been working hard to get in the best shape of my life to be able to have a strong mind and body when I do schedule my reversal surgery. I am looking at having it done in Nov or Dec this year. I can't wait and just pray that everything goes as well as all the other successful stories on here.


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Sep 12, 2018 1:11 am

I wish you much success on your reversal. I am approaching 5 weeks this Friday. The incision is healed, and I am starting to be able to sleep on my left side again. I sometimes feel a heaviness inside, under the skin, in the muscles that were cut, but no more drainage. It healed up nicely! I am not having any issues having bowel movements. They are more frequent and smaller than before the obstruction and perforated colon. Keep the positive thoughts of complete healing. It does wonders if you can be physically and emotionally feeling good!

Sep 12, 2018 1:13 am

I am doing great now! Still pain underneath the incision, but no more drainage. It will be 5 weeks on Friday, and healing up well. Hopefully, in another month or so, I won't feel the heaviness in the muscles under the stoma site.

Sep 12, 2018 1:16 am

Yes, I am thank you. It's important that people hear of the successes, not just complications. They scared me a lot, and I decided I had to emotionally and physically get myself ready with full faith in success. It worked! I wish more people complete healing!

Sep 12, 2018 1:19 am

Thank you and wish all my ostomates great health.