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Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:07 am

Hello everyone, I'm having my stoma relocated from my right side to my left. I've had 3 revisions on my current stoma and now developed a hernia that is causing me a lot of pain. I was wondering if anyone has had this surgery before? My doctor said he doesn't use a big incision on my stomach but rather just creates the new hole and pulls the intestines out and creates a new stoma. Will the old stoma site be an open wound? How long were you in the hospital and how long till you guys were fully recovered? Thank you

Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:27 am

Hi ccojei, You have had a lot of problems for such a young age. Has your surgery date been set yet? I don't have any of the problems you have, I just wanted to tell you I hope this time will be the last one for you. I will be pulling for you. There is a lot of information on this site sometimes it may take awhile for some to answer because of different time zones. So keep checking back and please keep us informed with your progress. It may help some others with the same problem. Best wishes stay safe

Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:34 am

Hi cco,

  Yes, the relocation can  be done laprascopically.......so lucky you! Your old site will not be an open wound. They'll repair the hernia by inserting a mesh for your skin to graft onto and your hernia will be a thing of the past. The wound will then heal normally and you'll have a cool scar to show off later.  Assuming there's no adhesions, they'll then pull your intestines thru a new hole in your abdomen on the other side, lop off 6 to 12 inches of your intestine to give them some nice virgin bowel to play with, pull it thru your new hole, and stitch it to your abdominal wall. Since they're not resectioning your bowel you'll be out of there in no time, meaning a couple of days if not sooner. Full recovery, meaning you can do situps and ab exercises will be in a few months.

 The important thing for you to do now is determine where you want your new stoma to be placed. High or low. In your pants or above your beltline.  Make sure it's not put on a normal crease line for your abdomen or right ON your beltline. Should all be easy-peasy! You might want to ask folks on here what the pros and cons are for each potential stoma location. Best of luck to you!

Regards,

Bob

Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:07 am
lovely wrote:

Hi ccojei, You have had a lot of problems for such a young age. Has your surgery date been set yet? I don't have any of the problems you have, I just wanted to tell you I hope this time will be the last one for you. I will be pulling for you. There is a lot of information on this site sometimes it may take awhile for some to answer because of different time zones. So keep checking back and please keep us informed with your progress. It may help some others with the same problem. Best wishes stay safe


Thank you for the response! Yes, unfortunately I've had a good amount of surgeries, but am hoping this one can solve the pain problems. Right now there's no date due to the coronavirus. I'm on top of the priority list at my hospital and they said they expect to be doing "elective" surgeries in mid may

Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:08 am

Hi Ccojei i had resection surgery 2yrs. ago and stoma relocated to left side, it was full open surgery and in hosp. for eleven days tho i would have been out sooner but had a Afib heart attack. the old stoma sight was closed with about a dozen staples with no issues, the main incision was closed all but about an inch on the bottom to let it drain, it was about 8-10wks. before i had any energy to do anything but then i was 67 yrs. old at the time. good luck and keep asking questions thats what we are here for.

Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:40 am

I remember when the surgeon was trying to figure out where to place stoma site over 30 years ago he made me stand then sit and marked the stop with a black marker. I have had two hernias and 2 repairs since the second seemed to work and the repairs had me out of commission for about 6 weeks.

Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:04 pm
lovely wrote:

Hi ccojei, You have had a lot of problems for such a young age. Has your surgery date been set yet? I don't have any of the problems you have, I just wanted to tell you I hope this time will be the last one for you. I will be pulling for you. There is a lot of information on this site sometimes it may take awhile for some to answer because of different time zones. So keep checking back and please keep us informed with your progress. It may help some others with the same problem. Best wishes stay safe


I have colostomy stoma I have had 3 revision. 

Last one in January.  The 1st and 2nd were done by the same surgeon the last different  hospital  I have terrible granulars they go all over my stoma. They bleed I am anemic. It's only 3 months I have them back theres more as the pulled new bowel up but they dont pull enough through.

I have had several operation so I have alot of scar tissue. I cant have it moved as on my right side I have a ileal conduit stoma for my wee . Has I had my bladder removed I have had 11 major operation.  I think the only way is cut me up the middle they would then see how much bowel would need to be pulled through.

 

Your be ok having it moved the way the want to do is less evasive 4 days in hospital they will will sow the old site up it heals good luck your keith

Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:46 am

Hi C

I had stoma relocation to left side after a failed reversal ..it was a full surgery over 20 years ago. Your  right side site will heal well and just be a small scar ..I've never had a major problem with it since.  Take care..stay safe 

Ange 

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