To the point ...
Colorectal surgeon advises a two-phase reversal process because I had radiation so close to the rectal stump and the severity of original infection (adhesions). Colonoscopy showed minimal radiation damage. I have approx. 10-15 cm of rectal stump before you can see the staples. The man took a pic of them for me. Shiny metal pieces in my arse. Hooray.
Anyhow, phase one is scheduled for Monday. Colostomy to Loop-Ileostomy surgery, and then 6 weeks to allow the anamostasis (SP?) to heal. Phase two is to re-connect the ileum to the colon and close the stoma site. First surgery will require a mid-line incision and 3-5 day hospital stay. Second surgery does not require midline to be re-opened and the length of stay reduced to 2-3 days barring complications.
Anyone ever heard of this approach? Anyone ever had this process done for their reversal?