Zod wrote:... I'm using an makeshift rig of urinary incontinence pads, wads of toilet paper, and tight shorts for now ...
Rock_Robster wrote:...I’m lining up for an ileo reversal soon too...
Gravelyguy wrote:Sorry for the rough start. It does get better. I found using depends and having a sense of humor helped for the first couple of weeks. If your bum gets sore, I found a shallow bath with Dreft soap really helped.
How long did you have an ileostomy? A lot of the issue is getting your colon to wake up.
I am also a big believer in a good probiotic. It certainly seems to have helped me.
Hang in there,
Jacques wrote:Rock_Robster wrote:...I’m lining up for an ileo reversal soon too...
One of the other things you could do in preparation for your up-coming January 20th ileo reversal is to read some of the old posts by MissMolly on the anatomy related to ULAR surgeries in an effort to try to understand what functions are present in normal bowel movements and what functions are now missing or compromised due to the prior ULAR surgery.
You can do this by using the procedure described in the post below to do a search by the keyword LEVATOR.
The levator ani muscles and the pubis recti muscles are key elements in normal bowel movements. So too are the internal and external sphincter muscles. If any of these were damaged or removed in the original surgery, or if the related blood supplies or neural connections to these muscles were severed, there will be problems in restoring full functionality to the defecation process.
In the mean time you might also try to find a local proctologist who can do ano-rectal manometry measurements to determine your baseline sphincter muscle pressure readings.
or to take a fluoroscopic video of defecation and "clustering".
I had my ileostomy from Feb 2019 reversed last week (Dec 11). Surgery was simultaneous with curative-intent liver resection plus hernia repair, so 3 surgeons in one go.
Wonder what advice I can get regarding relentless fecal incontinence that started 2 days ago. I will usually get no warning that I need to poop and will within 5 seconds be soiling whatever I am wearing. I'm using an makeshift rig of urinary incontinence pads, wads of toilet paper, and tight shorts for now - and not leaving home.
My original surgery removed all of the rectum and was barely able to be sphincter-sparing.
I've started doing kegel (pelvic floor muscle) exercises but those can take months to work and may not work in any case according to my research.
My colon doctor recommends low-residue diet which I am following.
I searched these forums for "LARS" (lower anterior resection syndrome) and am reading some of those threads.
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