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How long does it take to recover after a hartmann colostomy reversal surgery?

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Posted on Fri, 1 Aug 2014
Question: I am scheduled for a Hartmann Colostomy reversal on July22, 2014. What is a normal hospital stay? What can I expect after the surgery? How long can I expect to be off work?
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
5 to 10 days stay - get well prepared

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query.

First of all let me enumerate the factors which will help you to get the best results.
*Correction of Anemia, you need a normal hemoglobin
*Correction of hypoproteinemia. The serum Proteins should be within the normal range.
*Proper bowel preparation, mechanical cleansing with the preparation you will be given and the oral antibiotics.
*Good hydration
* Good normal mental status , the positive attitude ( please do not laugh- this helps a lot).

Yes the normal hospital stay can be fro 5 to 10 days.
You can have constipation or diarrhea- this is because the bowel will be subjected to new channelization again as the colostomy will be closed. The nerves can not be reattached as the same way as they were. So no one can predict the way the new nerve pathways will work resulting in either constipation or loose motions.

If you are fit as I explained in the beginning, everything be alright, expect the best outcome. The bowel training and the assistance of the trainers will help you to overcome the smaller problems easily, so do not think about them now. Just think that the Surgery and post-operative period be unevenful.

If everything is alright you can certainly join the work the wounds are healed well, the bowel is well trained and you have sufficient mental and physical strength. This period can be 3 weeks to 3 months.

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How long does it take to recover after a hartmann colostomy reversal surgery?

Brief Answer: 5 to 10 days stay - get well prepared Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query. First of all let me enumerate the factors which will help you to get the best results. *Correction of Anemia, you need a normal hemoglobin *Correction of hypoproteinemia. The serum Proteins should be within the normal range. *Proper bowel preparation, mechanical cleansing with the preparation you will be given and the oral antibiotics. *Good hydration * Good normal mental status , the positive attitude ( please do not laugh- this helps a lot). Yes the normal hospital stay can be fro 5 to 10 days. You can have constipation or diarrhea- this is because the bowel will be subjected to new channelization again as the colostomy will be closed. The nerves can not be reattached as the same way as they were. So no one can predict the way the new nerve pathways will work resulting in either constipation or loose motions. If you are fit as I explained in the beginning, everything be alright, expect the best outcome. The bowel training and the assistance of the trainers will help you to overcome the smaller problems easily, so do not think about them now. Just think that the Surgery and post-operative period be unevenful. If everything is alright you can certainly join the work the wounds are healed well, the bowel is well trained and you have sufficient mental and physical strength. This period can be 3 weeks to 3 months.