Ostomy Reversal Surgery today, currently laying in hospital, sharing my experience and answering ?s!
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**THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCE BEGAN TODAY, I HAD A TON OF QUESTIONS NOT READILY AVAILABLE ON GOOGLE, SO TO HELP THE COMMUNITY I WANT TO SHARE MY SURGERY EXPERIENCE FROM THIS AM. Please ask any questions you may have, and I will make sure to document this stay for future members. I will not sugar coat the experience, so you may not want to read as this experience is far from entirely positive 😃 **
My reversal was planned as a as a "Laproscopic" procedure, however due to the scar material from the original temp colostomy, it is very possible this was due to my emergency nature of the surgery Jan 2019 as I had an abscess rupture and was an extremely high risk surgery that had to be immediately addressed as it was that or die (literally).
So the procedure turned to another manual open me up, but was successful.
I am in the US, mid 30s, about 6 feet and 250 lbs.
I did not need an NG tube, though given the unbelievable pain, I do have simple oxygen tube up my nose. I am not sure this case is typical because of the absolute emergency nature of the original surgery to put in a temp colostomy, but I will not downplay the initial pain as I want this to be informative - I could not believe how bad it hurt when I woke up.
I was in recovery for about 2 hours of alternating Fentanyl and Dilaudid, which we just eventually stopped as I was falling asleep and forgetting to breathe, I have now been on my room with a Dilaudid PCA (push button) that allows a dose every 10 minutes (the staff is not administering the meds themselves). I am sure this changes in the next day or so.
I do have a catheter in my penis as well which has also been really sensitive all day, but I am now starting to get used to. As much as you CAN get used to that 😃
The nurses explained being that intestines are basically in shock / not working after a reconnection and swelling as they stay irritated, walking through this pain is going to be necessary starting today in about 30 minutes here and am dosing every 10 mins on the minute as my insides hurt amazingly bad if touched / I laugh at all. It is very bad, all the more reason I need to face this pain immediately.
I am told I will be returned home once I pass a "regular stool" which may or may not be essentially a blood clot, and there really is no real definable target as stool won't return to normal for possibly weeks. I also asked about whether walking same day will cause issues and have been assured as much as possible it will not but to only do what I can handle which is basically anything outside or laying in bed.
I was not made to walk for 3 days during my initial surgery, but for the best odds to heal correctly and avoid post-op pneumonia / blood clotting / etc I need to face the music immediately in terms of enduring healing pains.
I was also put on a fairly immediate liquid (water) diet, but cautioned to not overdo the water as it can contribute to nausea so I've stuck mainly to ice chips so the water is mainly absorbed in my mouth, and take water sips for the acid reflux meds I was given to reduce stomach acids.
Will check back in throughout my stay to answers questions, share my experiences like with this first walk, which is probably never pleasant but may be worse for me as I am admittedly out of shape.
Hope I can help others make a better informed decision about surgery, realities of complications and recovery, but I can say without hesitation at all cutting that horrible disease out of me was 100000% the right decision!
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