I will start with the Ileostomy surgery. I had rectal cancer and had to have an Ileostomy, and a partial rectal removal (about 4" worth). Above, the photo is of me with the rectal surgery scar with staples (stitches) in the center, the JP drain scar on your far right by my thumb, and the Ostomy bag on your left. By now, you probably know what it is if you are having one yourself. I will give you all of the details on what to expect from the day of surgery to the hospital stay after the surgery, to the Ileostomy reversal surgery and recovery. Everyone is a little bit different with their surgeries, but I will give you a good idea on what to expect. The unknown is sort of scary, and I had a hard time finding good info on google about mine.
When you have never had one, it is upsetting and disturbing, and you want to know ahead of time what you may be having to go through. I will help you as much as I can so you can feel more at ease in your weeks/months to come for your surgeries and recovery periods.
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