I had my ileostomy reversed in October 2015 after previously having my large bowel removed when a nasty bout of Ulcerative colitis, a form of Inflammatory bowel disease, attacked it.
Now, there are two types of ostomy reversal. One being J-pouch – where the rectum is removed and the small bowel carries out the role of the entire digestive system, and a straight re-join reversal, where your rectum is kept and your small bowel connected to it. I had the latter, so I therefore cannot speak on behalf of those who had the J-pouch.
Of course, I can’t really speak on behalf of those who have had the same reversal as me either, as everyone is different. But for those who are currently contemplating the surgery, I know it’s always good to know how others got on with it.
So, here’s my experience, in the form of 10 things those who are thinking about ostomy reversal surgery should know.