Re: Iliostomy reversal surgery - what should I expect?
Wow, 14 mos. seems a long time to have the iliostomy. My doc said that 1 - 5 mos was the norm. But I don't know the reason you needed one. You said colon cancer. I had that too, but then I developed a "leak" where they stapled the two ends of my colon back together, and had a bad infection, that's why I was given the iliostomy. I was very anxious to get mine reversed - and am glad I did... but it has not been "normal" yet. I have 10 - 25 bm's a day. Some times I have a very sore bottom. But, in the last couple days, I am seeing some improvement (it has been a month since the reversal). I don't mind walking this path; I believe I will reach some sort of new normal that will be tolerable. But I would think that passing mucuous is a good sign of a healthy colon - one that's ready to do the job. I can't speak to the MS issue. May God grant you the wisdom to choose the right thing.