Upcoming Reversal

Trying to keep myself calm prior to reversal. Surgery is scheduled for September 8. Start pre-op preps next week. Have to go for a colonoscopy in 2 weeks. I had one a long time ago, before colostomy,  and it wasn’t too bad. But now I’m scared to pieces. The prep alone is scaring me. Amy advise?  Never had to do an enema before. Have to drink surprep too.

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Upcoming Reversal

Ostomy Reversal Questions.

it is 13 months since I had my colostomy. My GP asked about me getting reversal. The surgeon said they’ll discuss the details after I get a colonoscopy. So have people prepped for the colonoscopy and is it hard wiith colostomy and I imagine you have to do both stoma and anus? But not sure? Totally clueless on that!

about the reversal, I was told it was major surgery and even bigger than my original operation when my intestines burst and they did emergency surgery and I got a colostomy. This throws me into fear. I have heard of one person that had a successful reversal, he was younger than I my friends brother. But I do not read a lot on here about successful reversals. What are your thoughts or knowledge on this subject.? I hate not knowing more about this stoma stuff. I have no nurse, they sent me home with the hollister 2 piece and been with it ever since. I am not sure if I have a hernia, the area is like a mound though. Today it seemed like it was backed up a little and then felt discomfort on the left backside opposite my stoma. I think I ate too many blueberries. I use a large ace bandage as a wrap just to flatten it out, the briefs and wraps I tried for this specifically are too bulky the bandage seems to be better but they get stretched out quickly  so not ideal.

anyway I have a hard time editing on here so maybe if anybody has responses to what I wrote so far about reversal and colonoscopy I would really appreciate it!

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Ostomy Reversal Questions.

American Expat Expecting Colostomy Reversal In "developing" Country – Scared To Death

Hi everyone,

I am a US expat who has lived for the past 14 years in adeveloping “2nd /3rd” world country in Latin America (Costa Rica).  I had an emergency colostomy (Hartmann’s?) in August 2016 (performed at a public hospital here in Costa Rica) after suffering a perforated colon from previously undiagnosed diverticultis.  I am a 37 year old male.

I have no other known health problems besides a nasty 3-pack a day cigarette habit and drinking far more red wine than is healthy.  

At any rate, I am on the (Costa Rican) government waiting list now to have my colostomy reversed. 

Long story short, Costa Rica has a nationalized healthcare system for citizen and legal foreign residents (of which I am and have been for 14 years).  I was born and raised in the US, and maintain US citizenship, but I do not have insurance in the US and basically am not eligable for insurance in the US as I understand it because I have spent so much time away from the US that I am no longer considered a “resident” of my home state in the US (or any other state for that matter).  So basically, I HAVE to get the reversal surgery here in Costa Rica as part of the public health system here.

I had no serious complications following my initial operation in August 2016, so I like to believe that the doctors/surgeons here know what they are doing, but there are things that are ‘disconcerting’ about medical care standards here compared to the US.  (For instance, for my 12 days in ICU recovery following my surgery, it was in a small room with 6 other patients WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING in 95F heat… another recovering patient next to me who was having blood transfusions or something after suffering a near-fatal machete attack -not kidding- would constantly spill blood all over the floor next to my bed that was rarely cleaned up, restrooms that smelled so bad of urine you literally had to hold your breath in there, etc.).  

So here I am, contemplating having reversal surgery in that same hospital.  

I am hoping to hear from either other people who live in ‘developing’ countries who have had reversal surgery, and/or doctors/medical professionals who can tell me how ‘safe’ it might be to have this procedure done in a public hospital in a developing country (specifically, Costa Rica).  I found out after my first operation that the doctor that operated on me to give me the colostomy in the first place (and who would be the one to do the reversal), literally does everything from extremely minor surgeries (literally from surgically removing growths on people’s skin, to amputating fingers and limbs, to gastro surgery, and who knows what else.  In meeting him, he sometimes comes off as so forgetful, unorganized and just plain medium-IQ and/or goofy that you would think he was a low-dollar car mechanic, yet this was the same guy who operated on me during the emergency in August and everything was fine.  

The bottom line is, to be honest, I have a severe ‘death phobia.’ – I almost don’t care how arduous the recovery might be, as long as I DON’T DIE.  

Can anyone give some feedback?  Does anyone have some realiable statitics on MORTALITY (death) during or following colostomy reversals in developing countries like Costa Rica? (Doesn’t seem this information is readily available here).

Tambien hablo español si alguien de latinoamerica quiere responder en español.

Bottom line is, I’m scared to death.  In general, in most areas, this country tends to run a few decades behind the US in many ways, so I’m also curious historically, say what the mortality rate for a colostomy reversal in the US would have been say, in the 1970’s or 1980’s, because that is probably about what we’re dealing with here.

Thank you all for your stories about having both successful and non-successful reversals, I really appreciate all of you who share your experiences.  I know I am in a sort of unique situation but I imagine I’m not the only one?

Tim

 

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American Expat Expecting Colostomy Reversal In "developing" Country – Scared To Death

Healing Process Of A Ostomy Reversal

Good morning! Two weeks ago on the 15 of May, my husband had a ostomy/colostomy reversal. We really had a hard time at first – he had his original surgery on Feb 6 for colon resection, then had a major complication. On Feb 15,we had to have a ostomy bag placed on him during to dead intestine. Now, 3 months post -op of 2nd surgery, we had his 3rd & finally colon resection surgery. He’s doing fine BUT he had an infection in both of his incisions – one in his colon cut & in his ostomy. He has a WOUND VAC therapy on him & I was wondering if anyone has had this experience and may be able to tell me how long it took for the pain to stop, for the wound to heal…. I honestly, can’t tell you how long & how deep his wound it…. Of one, I’m not good at guessing measurements & two, I didn’t ask his home health nurse when they changed the wound yesterday.

 

thanks

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Wound Care After Ileost Reversal

hi, 

i am 12 days post op after having my double ileostomy reversed. I had 11 staples  with a slight opening at the end of the wound to allow drainage. I had 8 of the 11 staples taken out 3 days ago and now the wound has widened. After a visit to A&E yesterday thinking it would need re stitching I was advised to leave it, dress it and it would heal but today there is fresh blood and it seems to be wider still and I don’t know what to do. 

Has anyone else experienced anything like this before? With Easter all GPs are closed and I really felt like I was wasting nhs time when going to A&E. 

Thank you to anyone that may be able to help.

 

matt

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Wound Care After Ileost Reversal

Colostomy Reversal Experiences

Hi. Two weeks ago I had my colostomy reversal surgery and wonder if others out there would be willing to share their experiences with me on pain, any issues after surgery (what I should look out for) and any long-term issues as a result of having the colostomy or reversal surgery. I only had my colostomy for 9 weeks before the reversal (got it early Jan 2017 as a result of emergency surgery to address a burst colon from diverticulitis. Thank you so much.

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Colostomy Reversal Experiences