Recovering from ileostomy reversal surgery
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. Your bowel activity may never return to the way it was before you had the ileostomy operation.
If necessary, your GP can prescribe medication to relieve diarrhoea until things improve.
You may also experience a sore anus after the reversal operation. This should improve as the anus becomes used to having stools pass through it again, although common barrier creams can help.
The reversal operation is usually a smaller procedure than the initial ileostomy procedure, but it still takes several weeks to fully recover.