Hi, I have just joined the site and looking for anyone who has had a Hartmann’s reversal and abdominal hernia repair done at the same time. I had emergency surgery in April and nearly died due to infection and my wound didn’t heal for about 2 months I cannot have the hernia repaired without having a reversal and Iam really scared as I had no intention of having a reversal for a while as I feel really good, the best I have felt in about 2 years can anyone help.
Hi everyone…just a quick note to say how much I like this forum. It has been uber help to me and so many other people with ostomies.
My question is – does anyone out there know whether a reversal is covered by Medicare or is it considered a personal choice and therefore not covered. I could not afford to have one if it is not covered.
Reversals And Medicare
My husband had an emergency colostomy August 2nd 2011 due to a bowel rupture and an E coli abcess in his abdomen from diverticulitis. He had his reversal done on Nov. 16th.
Everything went very well. Surgery was on Wednesday afternoon and he was home on Monday. On 1st day post op – bowels started working and he was passing gas, and by Saturday had his first BM and all was fine. He did have a longer surgery than expected since there was quite a bit of scar adhesions. The surgeon had him reconnected, but it leaked, so they took it apart, removed more intestine, and put him back together again successfully.
Aside from the drain removal, which hurt pretty bad, everything else was manageable. He has a pretty long incision, 49 staples, from the initial surgery that they reopened for the reversal, so that has been the toughest part. No other tubes or drains anywhere else.
He actually felt up to a 6 hour car ride to drive and see our family for Thanksgiving, 2 days after being released from the hospital.
Tomorrow will be 3 weeks from his date of reversal, and he is 90% back to normal. He had a weird bout of indigestion and heart burn last week, but that went away. His bowels are functioning normally and he feels really good.
I wanted to make sure i shared his experience, since it went pretty well considering all that could happen. He is 100% happy with the decision to do the reversal. I also want to thank everyone for all their kind words and helpful hints. I posted a couple times here, and everyone was very supportive and generous and I can not tell you how much it helped us!!
One last thing, I do have some supplies left, and was wondering if there are any places we can donate them to. We did not have insurance when he had the emergency surgery, so I know first hand how much all the supplies cost. I would love to help someone out by giving them what I do have left.
Thank you again!!! If anyone has any questions about the reversal, please feel free to ask.
Husbands Ostomy Reversal Went Well
I just came across this site late last night and am so glad I found it. Husband admitted through the ER on March 31st. He unexpectedly experienced a perforated colon due to diverticulits which resulted in having surgery after 10 days of antibiotic treatment in the hospital. They removed his sigmoid colon and a portion of his rectum on April 10th. He was given a temporary ileostomy while the colon/rectum connection site healed. He has had his barium enema test and flex sigmoidoscopy and the surgeon said everything was fine. He is scheduled for the reversal May 31st. Here are my questions and concerns.
Is this reversal being done to soon? Its only been about 7 weeks. The surgeon stated the sooner the better as long as everything looks as well as it did.
The surgery was done laparoscopic so does that make any difference?
Has anyone had this kind of reversal done and if so, this soon?
I am worried now that I have read alot of posts that the reversal surgery was not sucessful or the outcome was not what they expected. We feel like a duck out of the water. I would like to hear any stories or advice you may have to help us through this.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hope I explained and spelled everything properly.
Reversal Surgery Too Soon ???????
OK, I have a colonoscopy coming up in a week (Friday morning). I’m not too worried about it as I will be under MAC sedation (I’m still freaking out a little because hospitals are always a little discerning with me), but I’ve never had one before so there’s that.
Anyway! I have a temporary sigmoid colostomy due to diverticulitis and my colonoscopy will determine the fate of my stoma (I never named the stoma itself, but I did name my bag Trevor the leach, as he sucks the poo out of me; but I digress!).
I guess question wise, I’m wondering about how long after the procedure will my actual surgery be scheduled? I wouldn’t expect it the be the day, or even week after. But are we talking months?
Any other helpful comments or stories would be much appreciated!
I have bee rubbish on here – only made a few posts and then vanished to ‘normal’ life but I think that’s a good thing. I am a 33 year old professional single mum of one and I coped pretty well I think with having a stoma for 2 years. I have just had my final appointment with the nurse (for dressing checking) four weeks after my reversal surgery.
I’d be happy to chat with anyone who’s recently ‘gained’ a stoma and wants to talk to someone who’s been in their shoes or anyone hoping for a reversal.
We’re a special club of special people.
Ostomy Reversal – Hartmanns Procedure
I HAVE A COLOSTOMY W A STOMA HAD SINCE OCT 2010 EVERYONE SAYS “GET IT REVERSED ”
WELL IM TOO SCARED TO DO IT I GOT REALLY SICK AFTER MY SURGURY NEARLY DIED HAS ANYONE OUT THERE HAD A SUCSESFULL REV? IF SO WHAT WERE THE CPMLICATIONS?
I’m sure this questions been asked many times….
As mentioned on my profile I’ve put off getting the Reversal done for around 5 years.Aside from being a bit unsure of the outcome there were other circumstances too,unfortunately.
I was to get it done about 2 years ago,but my dear Wife of 16 years,Tracey was rediagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer in June 2014,but this time it was through her bones.Straight off they said it was terminal and to expect up to 5 years
She put up a hell of a fight,had 3 different chemo treatments,along with Radiation & Bone Strengthening Infusions.It looked like she was winning the battle but then the cancer went to her Liver.
A year and a half later on the 10th November 2015 she passed away
She told me last year I had to get the Reversal done…obviously thinking about my future without her in it
I’m normally a fairly private person so its difficult for me to share this with others I don’t know
And apologies for not smiling in my photo,unfortunately theres not a lot to smile about nowadays….
Any advice would be appreciated
I am a 48 yo male and am one week post ileostomy takedown. I had a temp ileostomy for 5 months due to a bowel resection for diverticulitis. I read many horror stories online in my quest for information and i have to say I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out.
I had my surgery on Feb 19 at 8:30 am and by midnight I could feel my bowels starting up.
The sounds were incredible as the old boy kicked into gear with minimal discomfort.
Soon after this I passed gas for the first time in 5 months and it felt great! At 3:30am I had my first BM. It was pretty watery but no pain and I was so happy I had to call the nurse and tell her the news!
Two hours later I had my second BM which was much the same as the first.
At 7am the surgeons did their rounds and asked me if I had passed gas. When I told them I had already had 2 BM’s they were amazed! At this point I was on a clear liquid diet, so they upgraded me to light meals to see if my stomach could handle it. I ate a sandwich and had some mash potato for dinner. I took things very slowly. I had a lot of gas the second day and no BM’s. The next morning I had my 3rd BM around 6am and when the surgeons saw me an hour later they said I was fine to go home.
Only one full day in hospital. Amazing!! When I got home I had my first solid, pain free BM and this has continued to be the case to this day. Some constipation now and then but nothing too bad. I am having anywhere between 2 to 5 BM’s a day. There is some tenderness around my anus which is normal since it’s been out of action for such a long time.
They left the stoma site wound open, so it would heal from the inside out. Its about 2cm deep and packed with gauze and covered in waterproof dressing. There is minimal pain around the wound site which I manage with paracetamol and the occasional oxycodone. I have daily nurse visits to change the dressing.(We have amazing healthcare here in Australia!)
Overall, this has turned out so much better than I ever thought possible. Life without that dreaded bag is great so far and I look forward to healing and leaving the past 8 months behind me. To say this period of time has been life changing is an understatement!
I hope that somebody finds some encouragement in my story.
Remember, things can work out for you better than you may think.
If anyone has any questions I’d be pleased to answer them as best I can.
Thanks for reading and all the very best to you all.
Ileostomy Reversal Success Story.
Hello all you good people out there —
Has anyone had to have an ileostomy because of Radiation Damage? In January 2012 I had a major operation for Cancer. The operation was successful and the tumour removed from my womb. THEN I was advised to have Radiotherapy just in case?? —I had six weeks every day Radiotherapy and started to complain of symptons from the second week. Uncontrollable diarrohea, abdo pains etc but each time told they were just side effects and would subside in time. 9 months later, no different so they sent me for a colonoscopy -I had to wait for three hours because the sterilisation machine had broken down and they were cleaning it manually. I never gave that a thought at the time. However, the colonoscopy had to be abandoned because of the severe pain, but they told me from what they could see everything looked fine.
Two months later I collaspsed with severe pain rushed into hospital —Result —Severe Radiation Damage and shockingly I was full of gangrene – My bowel had been cooked! An emergency 6 hour op was carried out -Leaving me with a stoma the surgeon saId she had managed to save enough of the rectum for a future reversal i was pleased about that but was very ill — I was discharged 3 weeks later but returned with a sepsis and had to have a locking drain inserted.
5 months later I was glad to have a reversal even though the reversal op was cancelled twice (lack of beds) –I was so happy when it was reversed and discharged home after 5 days- but unfortuanley it leaked and I had sepsis and was again extremly ill. I was admitted in hospital and remained this time for 3 months, nasial gastric tube, being tube fed etc etc. I had an sepsis, anastomis and they also discovered that at some point my blood vessels had been damaged damaged and I now have a huge thrombis in my superior mesenteric artery (main vessel in the bowel)-
I have recenty had an ocology appointment and told by sheer examination that I am Cancer free and he does not to need to see me anymore-Good news but how could he tell by just looking? He recommended a reversal would be possible, also a stent could be placed into the blocked blood vessel and some plastic surgery for the scarring. I was upbeat after that appoinitment.
However, my bowel surgeon said it is not possible but would send me for a second opionion. The consultation with the other surgeon was positive. Firstly he want me to have an ileoscopy (colonoscopy) and then he will talk to the vasular team about the thrombus and detertmine whether another reversal is possible.
My family want me to remain as I am but they do not completely understand how upset I am living like this. They say ‘Mum you wouldn’tknow you have one’ –But I KNOW! and i just can’t cope with it.
Perhaps if the ileostomy was the result of long suffering Chrons Disease, Bowel Cancer, IBS or Diverticulitis my thoughts may be different-perhaps then I could come to terms with it?
I understand that I am lucky to be alive –I know all of that –I should be grateful!!!
I cannot come to terms with what has happened to me all because I was cooked by Radiotherapy–I now have a thrombus I just cannot psychologically come to terms with the stoma -I hate it!!!
Please, please can someone give me some words of advice.