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The Take Down

Posted by windycottage, on Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:51 pm
Had a surgery that went bad. Dr. put in a temp. colorstomy in said the longer we wait the better for take down. He said 6 MONTHS  ANYONE go threw this and how did it come out. Going on 3 weeks after surgery.
Reply by Past Member, on Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:07 am
hey, you might want to post this question in the ostomy section at the very top of the forum home page. we have 2 excellent nurses who know just about everything. they may not always have the time to check the entire forum, but do check the ostomy question part almost daily. good luck.
Reply by Past Member, on Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:28 am
I have been through this twice. I now have a permanent ileostomy. Everyone is different and this makes my life a whole lot easier than a j-pouch. You should head over to and hang around for a while to get a feel of what life would be like, good and bad. Hopefully more good than bad Wink
Reply by jakenjypsy44, on Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:53 pm
Just had this done on July 1, 2009.  I had a colostomy and developed some hernias.  The surgery went great, the doctor removed the hernias, took down the colostomy, did a bit of extra tummy tuck work and I was home in 5 days.

It is now seven weeks since the procedure.  Two weeks after the procedure they removed the staples, than last week (6wks) I went back in and he removed all these stitches that were there from all the extra work.

At first I would not recommend this to anyone because I was having a lot of intermittent pain from the stitches, got bound up a couple of times, but a mild laxative worked great.  A lot of my problems were not from the actual surgery but other things.  I would feel great for half a day then feel miserable.

Now that the stitches are out WOW, I feel wonderful.  They were causing most of my problems.  Still have to wear the girdle thing to keep everything tight.  Go back to my surgeon next week for another check up, (need to find out if I can start bowling).  Hitting the throne every day regularly.  Using the Activia with fiber really helps, much better than playing around with laxatives, stool softeners or other stuff.

Don't hesitate on having this done,  The first few weeks are the hardest to get used to then WHAM you will feel great again and get back to a normal life.  A regular take down is probably a lot easier than what I had done and you will recoup a lot faster.

Reply by junopete, on Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:58 pm
Windy, generally its true the longer the better. Instestine is very slow to heal.
I don't know if you are talking about J pouch surgery or not.  In many cases the doctor will re-hook the intestine in about 8 weeks after the J pouch surgery.

After my second operation I was told to wait 6 months to get hooked back up.  So I waited, at the end of 6 months went knocking on my surgens door.  The guy says he can't hook me up because he cut out all of my colon.  That was the first I had heard of that.  Ofcourse I was shocked to say the least.  So i had another surgen do the J pouch thing.

The gut is slow to heal and prone to scare tissue.  Many doctors want the extra time for the inflamation to go down and the scare tissue to normalize.  The extra time does to some extent give a better percentage of a succesful surgery. Pardon my terrible spelling.

Good luck

Reply by cee, on Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:31 am
Six years ago I had a temporary iliostomy post surgery. They did the reconnect after 3 months. The reconnect was not a big deal at all. Due to MY problems I now have a permanent colostomy (for 2 weeks). One thing I noticed is when you do not expect a permanent ostomy you don't pay much attention to things. When you know it is for good you sit up and listen. And go on line! Never did that 6 years ago. Good luck.
Reply by Past Member, on Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:40 pm
i tooam in the same position,i had my surgery in january this year and my take down is pencied in for xmas,i was too told the longer between surgeries the higher the sucess rate xx
Reply by jakenjypsy44, on Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:18 am
I had my temporary colostomy in October 2008, they did the take down on July 1, 2009 and as you can see from my post above, all went well -  time was 9 1/2 mos between surgeries.
Reply by This seem cool, on Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:38 pm
Its great to see everyone gettin on with there j pouch iv had an ileostomy 3 years now and my temp ostomy a year i had a wound beside my stoma which is why my doctor couldnt go ahead with my reversal thats all healed now so i should be going in soon for my take down. I really hope everything turns out ok.
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