heiders33 wrote:Those of you who have had a reversal, how many nights were you in the hospital? I’ve been told maybe two.
It's usually a short stay for the reversal -- just until you pass gas and have a bowel movement. That varies from person to person but expect a stay of 2-3 days. Sometimes it takes longer for the bowel to "wake up," but after you're eating a solid diet it happens pretty fast.
I hear you on being glad your reversal is coming up soon. My stoma (I named it "Belly Butt") acted up a lot at the end too, so I was eager for the surgery!
Remember to do your Kegel (pelvic muscle) exercises to prepare for the reversal. Strengthening these muscles prior to reversal surgery was the smartest thing I did!
Quick reminder of how to do Kegels:
1. Tighten your buttock muscles like you are trying to hold back a bowel movement. Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds.
2. Release and rest.
3. Repeat this exercise 10 times, 4 times a day.
Best of luck to you!