I had a Hartmanns procedure done after a tumour was removed with an abcess behind it. The chemo and radio obliterated the tumour but as there was so much scarring and previous sepsis I had to have a Hartmanns procedure instead of a resection. No more chemo was needed as nothing had spread to the lymph. that was 18 months ago. I was told to wait 18 months before a reversal of the Hartmanns and resection could be considered. Now they said my function would be too poor to do the reversal after having a sigmoidoscopy. A scan done via my stoma a month ago showed my bowel was perfectly normal otherwise.
The reversal is possible but is it worth it? I have no other health probs and am on no medication. The stoma is ok and I do not suffer from sore skin as I look after it well. I am still waiting to see my consultant for the reasoning about poor funtion. From the sigmoidoscopy I had reversal proctitis (inflammation of the rectal stump). The picture did not look pretty. I presume the scarring from previous sepsis, radio and the proctitis may be the reasons. Has anyone else been in this position and actually gone through with the reversal? I know the bowel function will be poor the first 3 to 6 months but does this improve or is it not worth it?