Hi! I'm here, I'm here! I've been distracted, trying not to whine on here so much...
My name is Charlottte and I'm in California too! And I've had a reversal a year ago last May, so thats 15 months ago I guess.
I had a bowel obstruction and perforation and woke up with a colostomy 10 days later after becoming septic and having complete renal failure. Those are the only details I know. I don't know how much bowel was removed or anything like that.
I only had my colostomy for 10 months because my stoma was inverted and I couldn't get the bags to adhere without leaking and I then discovered I'm allergic to adhesive so my skin under the bag was constantly raw and sometimes bleeding nce I had to change my bag often 3 times a day. My surgeon had tried to fix it in the first operation and I had stoma repair surgery 3 months later. It was so iverted that my body tried to heal the site between bowel movements and it would get stretched out again and bleeding.
(talk about not being able to edit! Tonite I can't delete a letter and then insert the correct one without erasing the following letters and I can't find a settings control to fix it. I'm sorry I have to just go forward and try not to make mistakes)
So it was my surgeon's idea to bump up my reversal date. I thought I had to lose 20 lbs. and wait a year before we would even discuss it. They tried to schedule my colonoscopy just prior to reversal surgery so I would only have one prep and go under anaesthesia once but they were unable to work it out with their schedules. It was a good thing too.
They only had me fasting for 12 hours before and liquids only for the night before the procedure and they said I only needed to drink half of the Golytely because of the stoma. He did scope from anus to stoma and from stoma to small intestines. He was unable to use his equipment and had to find a pediatric scope to fit in my stoma.
He found that I was healed enough for the reversal but he found stools in the lower intestines. Isn't that gross! So for the surgery I had heavy duty prepping to do. I had liquid diet for 2 days before 24 hours fasting. The night before surgery I drank a bottle of magnesium caltrate (an instant laxative) and i had to usea bisacodyl enema 4 hours before surgery (in the middle of the night.) I couldn't find that kind of enema anywhere in town and finally I ordered it from Amazon. Lol!
I also had to have an EKG and be cleared by that test for surgery. Then of course the pre op blood tests cleared me for surgery in general. Seems like there was something else but it must have been insurance which seemed to take a long time since all else was in "GO" mode.
You are lucky that you've been warned that take down surgery will be harder than the first. I didn't have any help when I came home be cause they thought I should be an old hat about it since it was the second surgery. They were so wrong! I was in hospital for 10 days after the first time. Then I went to a rest home for 3 weeks before coming home. At home I had visiting nurses 3 days a week for 6 weeks and I had to have a committed schedule of help at home from family members before they would release me from the rest home.
When I had the reversal I went home after 4 days in the hospital. I had no help at home at all. I live with my 91 year old mother and I normally take care of her but I didn't know I would be back to work with her the day I came home from the hospital! I couldn't even hire anyone to do housework and I finally laid it out for my mom that we were on our own and that I couldn't do much so she was gonna have to rough it. I'm fortunate that she still does most of her personal stuff but I have to do bedroom and bathroom accidents and laundry, meals and cleaning. She was ok with it and even wanted to help me with my bandages.
I was supposed to get laser surgery with robotics but I had so much scar tissue with heavy bleeding that I woke up with slices criss crossed over my whole stomach. One of them is at the bikini level and that is very unfortunate now because my stomach folds right over the scar and its still red and raw because of it. And of course the crossing point of the vertical scar forms a dimple right in there. Sad.
Think about it, you will have your abdominal muscles sliced through again as well as fresh sutures in your bowel reattachment as well as having your stoma site sewn up. If you don't have complications you will probably only have a maximum of 6 days hospital rest. I was so weak from blood loss they couldn't get me to walk the halls like they wanted.
I'm going to stop here because I think I've answered your questions and I know how I go on and on. You may want to know about recuperation but I'll save that for another time.
P.S. I'm happy that its over but I don't kow for sure it won't ever happe again. Make sure you're well rested before surgery ok?