Colostomy: A Patient's Perspective (cont.)
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What About A Colostomy Reversal
This is a decision that is for you and your doctor to make. If you decide to have a reversal you will find the operation and recovery to be very similar to the first. Lots of walking but generally less hospital and recovery time. I noticed less pain and better mobility from the beginning. If your doctor will do this, it is well worth the trouble; however, remember it is not a piece of cake. Prepare yourself for this operation by exercising and getting your weight to a good level (ask your doctor). Be as physically fit and as mentally prepared as you can. This makes the operation easier and the recovery quicker and to some degree less painful.
Just a few thoughts in conclusion. You have had a serious operation, listen to your doctor. This is not the end of the world, but you will have to deal with it. Treat your recovery seriously and be determined. Whenever you are feeling badly, think back a week and you won't feel so badly. You don't have to tough out the pain, that is why your doctor gave you a prescription. Time and exercise can become your best friends. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. There may be days that a sense of humor is all you have.
Good luck on your speedy recovery and bright future!
Medically reviewed by Venkatachala Mohan, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Gastroenterology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/5/2014