I do not know if your first surgery was due to some kind of emergency such as intestinal blockage, or if your cancerous tumor was fully removed at the operation. Did you have chemotherapy
or radiation treatment? Was the first surgeon unable to connect your colon
together during the first surgery due to problems with healing or due to cancer
? Usually it is a state law that your medical records be saved a preserved for a certain number of years, and those records would help a doctor tell what was done at the first surgery.
Sometimes there are medical or surgical reasons that a colostomy
cannot be removed and the colon reconnected again. I do not know if you have significant medical risks for surgery or anesthesia
. I do not know if there were anatomical or surgical reasons or cancer reasons that your colon could not be connected at the first surgery. You should be able to find a surgeon who would be willing to discuss with you your risks of re-operation surgery, and why or why not another surgery may be able to be performed for you and your own specific situation.
It is very important that when colon surgery is performed to reconnect the intestine
, that it be performed well and safely. If the colon does not heal properly and leaks internally, then one can become extremely ill, possibly requiring another emergency surgery
with another colostomy. Intestinal leaking infections can be very serious if the new surgical connection is not able to heal properly, and this type of surgery is not taken lightly.