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Colorectal Cancer: Ostomy

Surgery To Reverse An Ostomy

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Ask the surgeon what to do to prepare for surgery, and what to do afterward. For tips on preparing for surgery in general, click here.

You will not be allowed to leave the hospital until you have a bowel movement. This demonstrates that the body is working 

After a resection, bowel movements can be more like pellets and there is a need to go often. Then bowel movements start to get larger and the need to go becomes less frequent. it can take 3 months or so to return to relatively normal bowel movements. It takes time for the body to remember that the system has been reconnected.

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