Colostomy Reversal is the reversal of a surgical procedure in which a stoma is formed by suturing the healthy end of the large intestine or colon to the anterior abdominal wall. This opening then becomes the means for removing fecal material from the body. Patients who have had a section of their colon removed as a result of conditions such as colon cancer, or have had areas of the large intestine or colon operated on and need to “rest” them, are typically candidates for this procedure.
A loop colostomy is typically done in emergency situations, and involves the creation of a large and temporary stoma. A loop of the bowel is pulled out onto the abdomen and held in place through the use of an external device and sutures. Two openings are created in the stoma: one for feces, and the other for mucus.
End colostomies are created by using one end of the bowl, while the other end is usually removed or sewn shut, creating what is known as a Hartmann’s pouch.
A double barrel colostomy is similar to that of a loop colostomy, in the respect that both ends of the bowel are brought to the surface of the abdomen, but only the proximal stoma will function.
All of the above procedures are reversible, while success rates depend entirely upon the individual.
Risks of Colostomy Reversal
As with any surgical procedure, Colostomy Reversals have inherent risks associated with them. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Complications resulting from the use of anesthesia.
- Excessive bleeding, especially if the patient is under the influence of blood thinners.
- Infection, which may require the use of antibiotics.
It is important to discuss your individual risk factors with your physician before choosing to reverse your colostomy procedure.
Choices Colostomy Reversal
When choosing to undergo any type of medical procedure, it is crucial to find a qualified physician whom you can trust. An ideal candidate is one who:
- Is trained, knowledgeable, and experienced with colostomy procedures and their reversals.
- Is Board Certified.
- Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities.
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
- Is knowledgeable about, and willing to discuss your individual risks of complications from the procedure.
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