I'm a private duty nurse who will be caring for my patient before and after her stoma reversal (surgeon hopes to do it laparascopically), and I'd like to get a sense of what her postop course might be. At the time of the reversal, she will have had the ostomy for 12 weeks. The ostomy is in the descending colon and was placed in emergency surgery after ischemic colitis, etiology unknown. Her recovery from the ostomy has been terrific. She's in her 80's but very fit and was fully independent with no comorbidities before the colitis.
How long might she be in the hospital? What will the significant nursing issues be? I'm assuming she'll have some incontinence, how long is that likely to last? What will the prep be? Anything else I need to be aware of?