I had rectal crohns at the time of surgery and they found 17 fistulas. Only 4 of them had surfaced around the rectum. They said I needed the colostomy to bypass the rectum and give it a chance to heal. I have not had a problem since. I had surgery in Jan. of 2005.
I have however developed about 6 inches of active disease going in from my stoma. I developed an abcess there about a month ago. My GI labled me a remicade failure and convinced my insurance to pay for humira. The ulcers I could actually see on the outside of my stoma are gone and so is the pain! I figure eventually it will have to be removed but for now I'm doing fine.
NO chance I'm having a reversal. I'm happy with the colostomy. I'm told the chances of the same thing happening with a reversal are pretty high. I say forget it. I have no desire to go thru that again. Take care!
Life isn't like a bowl of cherries, it's more like a jar of Jalapenos... What you do today, might burn your "butt" tomorrrow!