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Starting the Process of a Reversal.

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:35 am

Going to talk with the surgeon on Monday that did my coloectomy/colostomy, sigmod to the splenic fixture, about the possibility of doing  a reversal.  It has been 10 months now.  My surgeon is kinda old school and does everything open incision.  So I would like to have an idea what questions I should be asking.  I would like to here from others that have had a reversal done. I had an open midline done that was stapled and he removed the staples after 6 days and the incision opened up and now have about a 1" wide scar.

The type of proceedure done, open, lap, etc.

Anyone had a tummy tuck at the same time?

Thoughts on staples vs stitches.

I want to be sure Im using the right surgeon,  I didnt have any choice the first time although he seems quite competent. Just not much on the finished detail.





Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:56 pm

Hi Dudley,

Good idea to gather your thoughts and questions ahead of time. I have a permenant colostomy and don't have any advice to share but someone should be along soon who will know more. Meanwhile I'm sure you could find information buy doing an internet search.

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:52 am

thanks Mrs.A, I've been looking.


Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:08 pm

I've had a colostomy and ileostomy and reversals. I've seen/interviewed 8 surgeons until I found one that I trusted. If you have doubts, get another opinion. Reversing a colostomy is not a big deal nowadays. The surgical techniques are very good. You need someone who is a virtuoso surgeon and knows the current protocols. Good luck!

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:09 pm

Wilski, I talked with the surgeon on Monday. He plans to use an open incision as well as staple from the inside of the colon.  I think that is current.


Thanks D

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:16 pm

That sounds good. It's the way my successful reversal was done. Good luck. 

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