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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are my bowel movements normal after ileostomy reversal?

    When I go to the bathroom my bowels will start to move but then stop and I can feel I am not through but if I push on my right cheek close to the crack it will start it back up and it takes me 30 to 60 min sometimes to complete my movement. It's usually only one a day.
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thank you very much for your enquiry. 

    Due to the detailed and personal nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum. If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse Adviser we'd be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individualised response and advice. 

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at 

    In the meantime you may also be interested to read some of the information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website including: 

    •Living with bowel cancer - 

    •Bowel cancer: What I Need to Ask - 

    •Patient Resouces (incl. Ileostomy booklet) -

    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice. 

    Kind Regards, 
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia 

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    I had a reconnection over 2 years ago, I still go to the toilet frequently, especially in the mornings (approx 5 times, at least) 4-5 times in the afternoon. Over the period of the day I have a good bowel clean out. I still have the foul wind, apart from that, I keep well.

    I do use Bepanthen creme on my anus as it gets sore and hot around that area with frequent wiping after so many bowel movements.

    I had 'all clear' 4 mths ago after usual tests. I wish you the same



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