Ileostomy Closure

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Ileostomy Closure

        Ileostomy closure is just another fancy name for the ileostomy reversal or ileostomy takedown procedure. You might wonder why so many different names for, basically, the same operation. Well, ileostomy reversal is a general name that includes the reversing of all sorts of ileostomy surgeries. The ileostomy takedown and ileostomy closure terms imply that the person affected still has a complete digestive tract that can be restored to its original shape and function.

       More than 75 000 people undergo the ileostomy surgery every year in the United States of America. Less than a thousand actually go for the ileostomy closure procedure when the time is right. Those numbers speak for themselves about the difficulty level of the operation. And that high level of complexity does not come from the medical procedure in itself. No, that part is quite easy to perform. The low success rate of the ileostomy closure procedure comes from the complications that arise after the surgery.

       Usually, the ileostomy closure goes a little bit like: the surgeon opens your abdomen, looks for any remaining signs of the illness that plagued you and, if he or she does not see any, reattach the colon to the smaller intestine and reestablish your digestive tract to its original form. All that might seem simple, but, unfortunately, not many patients are disease free when the ileostomy closure procedure is attempted. Also, even if the operation is considered a success, the patient might have a recurrence and he or she will be back on the pouch faster than you can imagine.

       The aftercare complications that arise are even harder to manage. For one, the sufferer will have to go to the bathroom about six to eight times a day, for about a month. This the digestive systems' way of rebooting itself. If you make it through this period, then your stool will be slightly liquid for about a year after the procedure. Everything mentioned above must be overcome in order for the patient to be able to go back to their initial lifestyle. Of course, that lifestyle will never contain the following three things: smoking, drinking and heavy lifting. Also, all physical activities must be supervised by a specialist. And not a fitness trainer. A medical physiotherapist.

       In the period of adjustment between the ileostomy closure and the end of the year, you have to modify your diet. Avoid heavy foods that are hard to digest, so as to not put your digestive system through its paces before it is ready. Avoid mixing foods that could cause you diarrhea and keep hydrated at all times.