Ileostomy Reversal Surgery
Ileostomy reversal surgery is a procedure that involves reconnecting the ileum (the lowest part of the small intestine) to the large intestine after a previous ileostomy surgery. This allows for the resumption of normal bowel function and the elimination of the need for a stoma bag. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes a few hours.
Why is it done?
Ileostomy reversal surgery is typically performed several months after the initial ileostomy surgery, once the bowel has had time to heal. The surgery is done to restore bowel continuity and to eliminate the need for a stoma bag, which can be uncomfortable and inconvenient for some patients. Additionally, ileostomy reversal surgery can improve quality of life by allowing for a more normal diet and reducing the risk of complications associated with long-term stoma use.
What to expect before the surgery
Prior to ileostomy reversal surgery, you will have a consultation with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and any risks or complications. You may need to have blood tests, imaging scans, and other tests to ensure that you are healthy enough for surgery. Your surgeon will also provide instructions on how to prepare for the surgery, including fasting and any medications that need to be stopped.
What to expect after the surgery
After ileostomy reversal surgery, you will be monitored in the recovery room before being transferred to a hospital room. You may experience some pain and discomfort, which can be managed with medication. Your surgeon will provide instructions on diet and activity restrictions and you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days to ensure proper healing. It is important to follow your surgeon's instructions and attend any follow-up appointments to ensure a full and speedy recovery.
Risks and complications
As with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with ileostomy reversal surgery. These include infection, bleeding, bowel obstruction, and the need for a temporary or permanent stoma. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you and answer any questions you may have.