reattachment of ileostomy

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hd rider
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   Posted 3/11/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Can a reattachment be achieved if the ileostomy was performed in the 1970's? I lost the entire large intestine. I have the small intestine and about 6-7 inches of rectum.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/12/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...I don't know, I haven't heard of someone having that done...what has your doc said the chances of it being successful are?

hd rider
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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't spoken to MD yet, just thought I would test the waters...sorta speak. Thought maybe someone had some info or knew anyone that has had the procedure.

peggy113
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
hd - Any news on your question? I'd be interested in knowing this answer, tho it wouldn't help me any ... I have a permanent ostomy.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


hd rider
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
What is considered a "permanent" ostomy.... I guess I have been out of the loop for awhile. Would mine be considered a permanent ostomy?

peggy113
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had my anus, rectum, colon and several feet of my small intestine removed due to CD.  No reconnection for me, but I am still interested in what the answer is to your questions...  I have been disease free since my surgery in 1984!!

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


nene205
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had my entire colon and rectum removed because of UC. No reconnection for me either, unless a doctor could connect the small intestines to about 2 inches of anal tissue. However, I've had enough surgery!! I feel great most of the time and have become used to the whole ostomy drill.....but I am interested in what your doctor tells you. Let us hear.
Jennie

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   Posted 3/16/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
As long as your rectal sphincter muscles are intact (which they should be if you still have your rectum) and they are working okay, you can be reconnected.

If you haven't been doing any sphincter muscle exercises, start now! Squeeze those muscles down below 2, 3, 4, release 2, 3 4. They're going to be extremely out of shape after all these years which means that without you toning them up, they're not going to work effectively and hold stool for you until you want to go, ie in other words, you'll probably be incontinent.

Start those exercises today (however, remember there are no guarantees)!
I have had an ileostomy for 33 years now due to UC.
 
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hd rider
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   Posted 3/21/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the post everyone!!! I have to take care of another surgery first...knee replacement. I will be researching this issue further in the coming weeks. I'll be sure and give everyone updates as I get them. Until then, I'll be flexing just in case...ha ha

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
i think a manometry test can confirm wether you can go a head with the reconnection or not. if it shows your rectal and anus muscles are too weak now, then maybe a series of biofeedback treatments
can fix that.
anyway.. good luck with the knee :-)
Hodaya
 
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure 
colonic inertia w/ pelvic floor dysfunction


hd rider
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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the info...knee surgery this tuesday. should be up and going full steam in about 4-6 weeks. lots of pt!!! later all.

pepperann27
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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had my ostomy reversed I think twice, but it didnt work so I may have my ostomy for the rest of my life

It might work for you
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
"Don't worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try"
 

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