Ileostomy Takedown

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Ileostomy Takedown

       The one thing that any patient that is about to undergo ileostomy surgery must know is that there are two types of ileostomy: reversible and irreversible. Unfortunately, most of them are irreversible, since they are performed on colon or rectum cancer patients that need to eliminate the cancer cells from their bodies. However, a few of them, those that are used in the treatment of Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis are reversible. In this case, an ileostomy takedown is possible. Basically, an ileostomy takedown is a reversal of the ileostomy surgery.

       The ileostomy takedown should follow these steps: the surgeon will open your abdomen, check for any remaining signs of illness and, if he or she does not find any, reattach the larger intestine to the smaller one. At the same time, the physician needs to close the stoma and eliminate the pouch. Now, all that sounds pretty simple in theory, right? The truth is much more complicated. The ileostomy takedown procedure is not the problem. That part goes smoothly. The surgical procedure does not present with any more risks than a normal operation: infection, excessive bleeding and scarring. What comes next represents the real problem with the ileostomy takedown. In essence, after the digestive tract is restored to its original shape, things do not go back to how they used to be quickly.

       Sometimes, they do not go back at all. For about a year after the ileostomy takedown procedure, you will suffer from a sort of constant diarrhea. A month after the surgery, you will go to the bathroom about six to eight times a day. You will lose weight, you will have little to no intestinal flora and you will be exposed to bacterial and viral infections. If you make it through that year, only then can the ileostomy takedown be considered a success.

       Most patients do not make it that far. And not for lack of trying. Their bodies simply collapse from the constant dehydration that they find themselves in and they have to go back on the ileostomy pouch. However, if you are one of the lucky few that has made it through this trial, you will be pouch - free for the rest of your life.