No surgeon is ever concerned. But of course it doesn't affect them so why should they care. I have a similar situation resulting from my ileostomy. Yes, it is normal. Some have it more pronounced than others. Mine resulted from emergency surgery and the concern was more for my life than my looks. I could have gone back to have it 'cleaned up' so to speak, but I felt I got away with one and didn't want to push it.
It has been 3 months since my ileostomy reversal and yes I have a lopsided tummy now. But I look at it as my battle scar (I won) and wear girdles to tighten up a bit. My hubby does not care and says life if more precious than scars good luck
I haven't had a reversal yet but had to have 2 emergency surgeries because the first ileostomy got blocked and perforated. My scar is deeper as well because of the second operation and yes my abdomen has gotten larger on one side. Doctor says that is ok. I don't have a navel anymore or I guess I could look at the whole scar as one heck of a navel! It also left me with the look of a couple of "rolls" when I have NO fat except for the wierd poochie abdomen behind the bag.
But as everyone has said. I can only be grateful that I am alive!
p.s. My boyfriend recently referred to those "rolls " as my ABS....hahahaha . He is priceless!
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I had both surgeries (hartmanns procedure and then a colostomy reversal) done laparoscopically and my belly is also now lopsided! I have a big hernia at the colostomy site , a bulge of intestine that has escaped through scarred abdominal muscles, but all things considered I am not going back for surgery again by choice .
Ive decided that a> I dont have a partner now so am not worried about looking cosmetically better b> each time they operate on us they create more weakness and more adhesions c> I dont want to put myself at risk of hospital acquired infections (C.Diff and MRSA) or worse.
So, I enjoy my gut being better than for years and wear supportive spanx type underwear to keep me together!! If I need emergency surgery again for adhesions then I'll rise to the challenge as necessary. I had several episodes of life threatening infection before the Hartmanns procedure so am thankful now to be here and in pretty good condition (plus new hernia !)
I hope that makes sense
Since my original colostomy surgery in 2007, i have had two surgeries for hernia repairs both ended up being through the midline. On the second one of these the surgeon poked a hole in my colon and had to reattach it in addition to the rest of the work. Then Later on, i had two more surgeries to revamp my stoma itself which we're done through the stoma itself. Then I was so full of scar tissue and adhesions they were trying to revamp my stoma and clean up where the mesh had entertwined around my colon and not allowing me to go potty. When thy tried going in though the stoma to do all of this it was too much for doing through the stoma alone so once again I was cut from my pelvis up around my belly button (if you can call it that) upward toward my breastbone. So through 4 surgeries of being cut from nearly breastbone to pelvic bone through close to the same incision and 3 through my stoma itself, I am just as full of scars on the outside as I am on the inside.
In addition to all that, I had so much radiation damage at my tailbone area I ended up getting a morphine pump implanted on the right side opposite of my stoma. It is a round circle about the circumference of a cd or DVD only close to an unch thick. So my entire stomach is a real mess. I do wear a to piece swimsuit that coves as much of that up as it can because it is much easier to change my flange/ pouch if necessary. Do I get strange looks? Yes! But if anyone ever has enough nerve to ask, I would be proud to tell them how I am a two time stage 3 anal cancer survivor and all of these scars are daily reminders that I never give up & I am thankful for just being alive and as healthy as I can be given the alternative.
I hope you can find some pride in your imperfections just knowing they are in part the reason you are still alive! Don't let body image or vanity remove the joy knowing our physical body is just temporary and when we go to heaven, the good Lord will give us a perfect body! Amen!
In short I think that if you continue a therapy program with some somewhat vigoreous routine, you will see good results.
Good luck ladies