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Hi all im Jaso 57yrs old and i had a stage 4 tumour removed from my colon in January and after 3 months heavy chemo im now in remission.I have had a temporary ostomy on my left side for nearly a year and im quite used to it now.My reversal has been put off till possibly 2024.My question is it worth having as i will be nearing 60 and not sure if i will be mentally strong enough to handle it as im dealing with it a lot better than i thought.

 

I think this decision should be totally yours, since in reality you know your body better than anyone else. Whatever you choose, I shall pray that it is the best decision. Just don't let anyone talk you out of it if you feel it's truly what you want. I've considered keeping mine as well, and I'm only 4 months into this deal. Good luck and God Bless  :)

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As I have written about this before and decided reversal is not for me, unless some unforeseen event arises.  I do have a peristomal hernia so things could change.  I totally agree with Marco789 !  Only you should make this decision.  

 

Hi Jason,  I agree with what the others have said.  Only you know your body and your limitations.  Just something to consider, those with temporary colostomies tend to have very successful reversals, whereas those with ileostomies, not so much.  If you do decide to go ahead, the chances are good that you won't have any problems.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to speak to your surgeon, and ask him if he sees any reason why you shouldn't have a reversal.  Good luck with your decision.

Terry

 

hello and good day

when i had the choice of doctor really wanting me to do a reversal i said HELL NO because you cant put a garentee that things will work the right way. but if things go south. i am stuck with my choices or getting stoma back,dealing with your choice is like gambling you dont know what going to happen till you throw the dice play it safe or take a risk and hope for the best. i have had Hecker since 2009 for couple years talked to some people that had a reversal, now they are stuck with untiming poops,no control when it happens its carry a bag of clothes and change in the closest bathroom or behide your truck doors wide openwith a tarp covering your ass, never leave home with out back up which i do anyways. my uncle named my stoma Hecker cause boy sometimes i get into some shit, i look at it a little easier knowing i having a blow out compared to your ass just blowing shit like a whales blow hole and you are stuck where you are if you go back to some of the really old posts on here you will see what people went threw with the reversal few made no problem and some not so lucky

 

Like everyone else it's your decision. But. I'll be having the reversal surgery on the 23rd of November.  In 2 days. I had high stage 2 colon cancer and 4 rounds of heavy chemotherapy.  This is 14 months after. 

 

Hi Jason,  Something I wanted to add that others have touched on.  No surgery is without risk of course, so you need to think about that, plus, you said you are 'quite used to' your colostomy, so seem to be coping with it well.  I guess you need to consider how you feel about living the rest of your life with the status quo, or having the surgery, accepting the risk involved, with an unknown outcome.

Terry

 


Renfromtexas wrote:

Like everyone else it's your decision. But. I'll be having the reversal surgery on the 23rd of November.  In 2 days. I had high stage 2 colon cancer and 4 rounds of heavy chemotherapy.  This is 1...

Great, now you're gonna get all patched up and leave us... when we were starting to like you :(

 


Marco789 wrote:

Great, now you're gonna get all patched up and leave us... when we were starting to like you :(

I'll probably be here awhile. Thanks.  😆 

 


Marco789 wrote:

Great, now you're gonna get all patched up and leave us... when we were starting to like you :(

Thank you all lol i fear you will have me for a while yet 🤣👍

 


Renfromtexas wrote:

I'll probably be here awhile. Thanks.  😆 

Update.. after yesterday's colonoscopy my surgeon will put off my surgery due to a large polyp that needs removed.  Then after it heals then we can proceed.  

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