I am now 18 months post colostomy and Dr. Said I am a candidate. I have been reqding Charolttew post, it soumds like you went through qn ordeal! I am unclear about recuperqtion and why it tqke 6 week. Are you bedridden? Weqr diapers all the time? One of my beiggest feqrs is the pain. I qm a wimp. I dont reqlly wqnt to have an ostomy forever but on a good dqy I tw like what the heck? I also thnk about when i age thqt maybe its an advantage insteqd of diqpers. Ive gqined 10 lbs. wqnd hqve to desire to exercise with this thing. Cqn someone tell me more of the post op detqails? Thanks and good luck to all of you
Hello Newstom. I think you will find that almost all major surgery takes at least six weeks of convalescence, depending very much on a person's metabloism. It's just a ballpark, minimum figure to offer some guidance as to how long it might take for things to geal sufficiently for people not panic that they might not be getting 'better'. I like your thinking with regard to getting old and not needing to wear diapers with the stoma. I thought precisely the same thing but unfortunately, I still have colon attached to the anal stump and it produces excessive amounts of mucus, which needs incontinence pads to catch it. I still think that the stoma was the best way to go but in my case, it did not prevent the need for diapers.
I had my colostomy take down dec 20th 2017. It has been fantastic for the most part. I was out of the hospital in a day. Getting back to normal is kind of like a new normal. You become hyper aware of regularity etc. I haven't had any issues that would require diapers. I love my surgeon and wouldn't let anyone else touch me from this point forward. Make sure you follow their recommendations and know you trust your surgeon