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Reversal. REcovery recuperation

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:56 pm

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

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:48 am

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. 

Best wishes

Bill

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:43 pm

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 

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:37 pm

I am so happy to see a positive response re reversal! I had emergency surgery nov 19 due to blockage that burst, 5 hours later woke to a colostomy. I cried for days. My surgeon just sent a letter he will no longer be there. I have apt. With surgeon at the same place the 28th of this month to discuss reversal. My previous surgeon said 5-6 months. I’m very nervous and have read so many scary things re reversal. Have had very hard time, going from watery stool one day to very hard stools the next. Can’t find any info on that. Thanks for any input 

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:29 am

Did you have robotic or laparoscopic surgery? Wow out in a day! That would be awesome. I unfortunately have to have another surgeon as the one who did my colostomy has left. I looked him up online. Says he likes to do robotic so people heal faster. That’s what I’m hoping for. 

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:01 am

The davinci robot and an ignorant surgeon at Mayo were the reasons I had to have a colostomy bag in the first place.   If you go to unplugtherobot.blogspot.com you can read our stories. Also on fb if you search for unplug the robot there are a lot of good scientific articles posted on its dangers and questions you should ask. 

Again, I went to United hospital in St. Paul after Mayo Clinic.  It was the best decision I made and they are the reason I am alive today.

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:52 pm

Jenerprise, I feel horrible for you. How scary. I did read that article. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be asking lots of questions at my apt on the 28th, if he suggests the robotic I think I will look for another surgeon. I live in Wisconsin and had my emergency surgery at regions hospital in St. Paul. The surgeon I had was working from health partners and I received a letter stating he’s no longer there and made apt with the surgeon they have there. What are questions I should be asking regarding takedown? I assume you had laparoscopic and your on the mend. Thanks again for your input!

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