Colostomy Reversal Complications and Seeking Advice on Ileostomy Reversals

Berts dad
Sep 30, 2023 5:14 am

Three years ago, I had a perforated bowel due to undiagnosed diverticulitis and had a quite successful colostomy. I decided to have a reversal, but COVID meant a long wait with theaters closed, etc. Four weeks ago, the reversal was attempted, but because the large intestine had to be joined very low, it meant a high risk for leakage, so they have given me a temporary ileostomy to give the bowel time to heal. I have quite a few issues (losing weight, pain around the stoma, feeling of pressure in the rectum) and would love to hear from anyone else who has overcome these problems. I would also love to hear about successful ileostomy reversals, which I am hoping to have within the next 6-12 months. I am otherwise a healthy and fit 75-year-old. Thanks for listening.

Sep 30, 2023 6:31 am

Whereabouts in Melbourne are you?

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Berts dad
Sep 30, 2023 9:17 am
Reply to IGGIE

Actually in Gippsland but had surgery at the Alfred.

Sep 30, 2023 12:58 pm
Reply to Berts dad

Hi Bert, I'm in Frankston and have a very good surgeon in Mornington, so if you're having problems and thinking of a change of surgeon, let me know. Regards, Iggie

Oct 11, 2023 8:41 am
Reply to Berts dad

How does the ileostomy compare to the colostomy? I might consider having the same procedure as you. The rejoin is very low down, and I get disuse proctitis in my short rectal stump, which is quite debilitating when it flares up.

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