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Are stoma reversals always successful?

Are stoma reversals always successful?

Not always: The success of a stoma reversal depends on many factors including the original reason for the stoma, the overall condition of the patient and the amount of bowel remaining. Often a temporary stoma is constructed for diverticulitis. In this situation, reversal is often successful assuming a healthy remaining rectum. Each case should be looked at individually for the pros and cons of reversal. ...Read more

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Stoma (Definition)

A stoma is a surgically created hole that creates a connection between the digestive tract and the skin so that liquid food can be put into the stomach, or liquid waste ...Read more


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What are some common stoma problems?

What are some common stoma problems?

Skin problems: Common problems include irritation from leakage or fungal infection. Anatomic problems include prolapse, retraction or strictures. Parastomal hernias can be common. ...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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Dr says he will do an ileostomy reversal by inserting a tube which he'll connect my stoma to 1 end & rectum to the other. Is that how a reversal is?

Dr says he will do an ileostomy reversal by inserting a tube which he'll connect my stoma to 1 end & rectum to the other. Is that how a reversal is?

No: an ileostomy is a safety valve in the proximal intestine to prevent intestinal content from reaching a stitch line in a lower segment of colon near the rectum where a tumor has been resected and the ends of colon stitched together . This safety valve can then be closed.when the stitch line has healed. The ends of the ileostomy are mobilized and resutured. ...Read more

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Had a stoma reversal now have a hernia at the site were stoma was, haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days?

Had a stoma reversal now have a hernia at the site were stoma was, haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days?

Hernia: You could be suffering from constipation however with a hernia i would be worried about a bowel obstruction. If you have not passed flatus, if you have a tender bolts at the hernia site, or if you are experiencing vomiting you need to seek immediate medical attention. ...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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How many stoma end reversals are successful?

If reversal: Is done in the correct situation, they are very successful, but this depends on the type and location of the stoma. I need more details to give a better answer. ...Read more

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How would I clean my stoma?

How would I  clean my stoma?

Gently: With warm water and a mild soap if necessary. No further cleaning is necessary. I use a soft piece of gauze to do the cleaning when needed. ...Read more

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What is the stoma like and where is it located?

What is the stoma like and where is it located?

Abdominal wall: A stoma is an opening either natural or surgically created, which connects a portion of the body cavity to the outside environment. Usually it connects part of the GI tract with the abdominal wall. ...Read more

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