Please! Any info. on recovery time after Colostomy Closure/Reversal
Hello. My mom had 17 centimeters of her colon removed (resection). A few months later, she had the "reversal" surgery (where the colostomy hole was closed up) and her intestine was re-connected. I think this is called anastomosis. Anyway, she had a bowel movement fairly quickly after she was sent home from the hospital and we thought she was on her way to recovery, but then she had 4 emergency room visits within a 2 week period due to vomiting and severe cramping. Since then, the doctor took her off all food and she has been in the hospital ever since (even a sip of tea makes her cramp). I'm so distressed and I can't seem to figure out what's going to happen. Has anyone had this experience? The doctor said this is expected in some patients and she will be fine. I guess if there was something wrong, the doctor would tell us. So...., it's been exactly a month (yesterday) since her reversal surgery and she's still not having normal bowel function. Does anyone have any info. about this. Any info. is greatly appreciated.