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What is a reversal colostomy?

What is a reversal colostomy?

Reconnection: The reversal procedure is to re-establish colonic continuity so the patient can again eliminate via anus. Keep in mind that not all ostomies can or should be reversed. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Just had a colostomy reversal. Is it normal to have soreness in my intestines?

Just had a colostomy reversal. Is it normal to have soreness in my intestines?

Yes: Not unusual after getting the plumbing reworked. Discuss with the surgeon at follow up visit. Not normal to have severe pain, vomiting, no stool output, bleeding after reversal; if present, call md asap. ...Read more

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Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

No special diet requ: After a colostomy you can eat anything you want but I would emphasize a high fiber diet because it makes the output more manageable. ...Read more

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What diet is needed before a colostomy or an ileostomy?

What diet is needed before a colostomy or an ileostomy?

Liquid diet: For a procedure on the GI tract, the less food content in the bowel at the time of surgery, the easier for surgery to be performed. With colostomy and ileostomy the stoma is created on the abdominal wall in the absence of a needed anastomosis so that there is no problem with food products having to cross an early created anastomosis. A liquid diet prior to this surgery is helpful. ...Read more

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I have to go to surgery colostomy closure. What to expect after surgery? What should be my diet after surgery? Thank you

Follow advice: Following colostomy closure, I think it's a good practice to avoid very harsh roughage (nuts, popcorn, etc) until your bowel movements return to normal. Otherwise you should expect things to return to normal but it may take a week or two. It's best to follow your surgeon's advice, however. ...Read more

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Does an abscess at the point of hookup of an ileostomy reversal usually mean a permanent colostomy?

Does an abscess at the point of hookup of an ileostomy reversal usually mean a permanent colostomy?

Not always: I assume you mean an ileostomy that was taken down and reanastomosed. An abscess that appears within the first 10 days usually occurs from a leak. If the location is favorable, many abscesses can be drained through the skin using x-ray guidance thus avoiding the need for another operation and a colostomy. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dad has a loop colostomy, and is hoping to reverse it. How easy or hard is the reversal procedure?

What do you suggest if my dad has a loop colostomy, and is hoping to reverse it. How easy or hard is the reversal procedure?

Very simple: Various procedures are used to divert the bowel, in particular when a low surgical resection of the sigmoid colon is performed. Here the anastomosis is given a chance to heal by diverting food from the suture line. Loop colostomy has an opening on top of the loop which is repaired, the adjacent tissue opened so that the closed bowel can be dropped into the abdomen. ...Read more

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Previous question was to read, chance of success of end colonoscopy reversal? Hubby 62 good health colostomy due to diverticular abscess.

Colostomy reversal: Since the colostomy was probable a diverting colostomy vs a colostomy where a large amount of colon was removed the reversal should be successful ...Read more

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My father has a loop colostomy, and is hoping to reverse it. How difficult is the reversal procedure?

Simple: The loop is performed proximal to an anastomosis to allow it to heal. At the time of closure the proximal and distal parts of the opened loop are divided and at skin level the margins are anastomosed and then droped back into the now open loop site which is then closed at fascial and skin levels. ...Read more

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I had a colostomy reversal about 9 years ago after my appendix ruptured and have now started getting pains like a tightening, contracting type below?

Possible adhesions: People who have had abdominal surgery can develop scar tissue inside. These usually look like spider webs and can be attached to the bowel and inside abdominal wall or other intra-abdominal tissue. These can cause mild to significant pain. However, there are other potential causes. It would be most appropriate to have this problem evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Not to worry: If there is no history of ulcerative colitis in the past there is no reason to believe a reversal procedure will precipitate one. If you did not have ulcerative colitis before surgery you don't have to worry about it after. ...Read more

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Persistant pain at colostomy removal site post reversal. Had severe peritonitis post op?

Depends: How long ago was your last surgery? Incision site discomfort can sometimes last for a few months after surgery. See your surgeon for an exam. Sometimes hernias can form at the surgery site. Sometimes there can be prolonged skin nerve discomfort in the scar. ...Read more

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My two year old has a prolapse of his anus after colostomy reversal and it has to be removed is it more cosmetic and will he recover quick?

My two year old has a prolapse of his anus after colostomy reversal and it has to be removed is it more cosmetic and will he recover quick?

Need information: 2 yr will not have surgery unless born with congenital abnormality (born with) like imperforated anus where need to establish ano-rectal continuity or hirspriung cong. A genesis of ganglion, a staged procedure was done, you need to talk to the ped. Surgeon to find ultimate prognosis, results are excellent I recent years due to excellent surgery and post op care. ...Read more

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Could the extreme pain I'm experiencing be a hernia of some sort? Colostomy reversal done last week & pain is on rt side 1-2" below stoma location

Could the extreme pain I'm experiencing be a hernia of some sort? Colostomy reversal done last week & pain is on rt side 1-2" below stoma location

Possible: But most likely, if you have closed wound, you may have collection serosangenous fluid under the skin possible early wound infection, and see your surgeon may drain the wound ...Read more

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I had a colostomy reversal two years ago. Why am I having horrible pains still? The pain is in my lower tummy, and its on and off for three days now.

Go for follow up: Post reversal of colostomy, most common cause of pain is due to adhesion formation, or anastomosis may narrow or stenotic. Go back to your surgeon will determine the cause to give you the relief ...Read more

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Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Depends: Most of the time when a temporary colostomy is done anorectal area will be intact, if that is the case could be reversed, some times due to disease process anorectal part of colon is removed then can not be reversed. Consult your surgeon after evaluation will tell you if it could be reversed or not, . ...Read more

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Just had a colostomy reversal and bleeding from the stoma incision, just came home from hospital yesterday?

Just had a colostomy reversal and bleeding from the stoma incision, just came home from hospital yesterday?

Probably: Just a seroma but since the wound is a contaminated wound due to the presence of the stoma before, the risk of infection is considerable. I usually don't close these wound to avoid an infection and let them heal themselves. If the drainage continues or get cloudy or thick, redness around wound you need to go promptly back to your surgeon for a wound check. ...Read more

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I recently had reversal of colostomy and am experiencing right side stab like pain, I have Crohn's could it be muscular or scar tissue?

I recently had reversal of colostomy and am experiencing right side stab like pain, I have Crohn's could it be muscular or scar tissue?

Yes or others: This very well could be scar tissue but it could also be an abscess or small leak. You should discuss with your surgeon asap and schedule an evaluation. ...Read more

Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more