What should I eat after an ileostomy reversal?

A person’s surgeon will suggest a diet that they can follow after their ileostomy surgery. A bland, low fiber diet known as the BRAT diet can help minimize how often a person has bowel movements.

How long does it take for an ileostomy reversal to get back to normal?

Ileostomy closure surgery is usually done through your stoma (see Figure 1). Your surgeon may need to make an additional incision (surgical cut), but this is rare. After your surgery, you’ll have a small wound where your ileostomy used to be. This wound will heal in about 4 to 6 weeks.

How do you control bowel movements after an ileostomy reversal?

Regaining bowel control after a stoma reversal

  1. Diet – you may find it easier to eat small, low fibre meals and gradually increase quantity and variety over time.
  2. Protect your skin – you may find it easier to use unfragranced wet wipes to clean up after each bowel movement.

How long does it take for a stoma reversal to heal?

This most often takes at least 6 to 8 weeks. But in some cases it can take up to 12 months. Your bowel and anal muscles need to be working for the reversal to work well. The doctor rejoins the ends of the bowel that were separated.

What is the success rate of colostomy reversal?

Previous studies have demonstrated rates of reversal of end colostomy from 35% to 69%,8,13,15,20,22 but most studies included mixed groups of patients, who may have undergone diversion for diverticulitis, cancer, and other indications.

How long will I have diarrhea after ileostomy reversal?

Most people are well enough to leave hospital within 3 to 5 days of having ileostomy reversal surgery. While you recover, you may have diarrhoea and need to go to the toilet more often than normal. It can take a few weeks for these problems to settle.

Can you take Imodium after an ileostomy reversal?

It is important to speak to one of the Nurse Specialists (Stoma or Colorectal) before taking them as it depends on what your stool is like as to which will be most beneficial. If diarrhoea is a problem i.e. you are passing frequent amounts of watery stool then Imodium will be recommended.

What can go wrong with a colostomy reversal?

There are also risks of colostomy reversal surgery itself including: Anastomotic leak—when the bowel joining doesn’t heal properly and it leaks feces into the abdomen. Bowel blockage. Problems with urinating and sexual function.

Are stoma reversals successful?

What are diet recommendations after an ileostomy reversal?

Bananas Don’t eat more than 1 small ripe banana per day for the first 3 to 4 weeks after your surgery.

  • Broccoli
  • Coconut water
  • and veal
  • Oranges without seeds or membrane (the thin clear or white part around each section)
  • Orange juice without pulp
  • Potatoes without skin
  • Soy milk
  • Tomato or vegetable soup
  • Turkey
  • What foods do you avoid with an ileostomy?

    Odor-Causing Foods. The National Institutes of Health reports that certain foods may cause increased odor when the pouch is emptied.

  • which can result in clogs and other problems.
  • Foods with Sorbitol.
  • What foods should you avoid after reverse ileostomy surgery?


  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • What to expect after a reversal of ileostomy?

    Frequent Bowel Movements. Reconnecting the small intestine to the rectum restores the ability to have bowel movements without an ileostomy bag.

  • called incontinence.
  • Obstruction.
  • Infection.
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