Hello out there,
I've have had an ilesotomy for 8 years, am comtemplating a reversal, and am not sure what to do. The surgeon who performed my ileo, for what would have been terminal colitis, said I was not a candidate for reversal, i.e., lucky to be alive after the bout I had been through. But now, years later, other doctors see no reason not to. I'm torn. I'm doing just fine, in great health, have a healthy stoma and no issues--oh, yeah, I've had the occasional blow out--but the real issues are 8 years of bad body image dreams (bag related) and a serious concern about maintaining independence as I get older.
I know any abdominal surgery is a huge deal. From my colectomy and an earlier C-section, I'm familiar with the recovery issues. Now reading all this on this site about after effects of reversal--bowel control issues, dietary restrictions, pain, complications at the stoma site... I don't know how to weigh the risks and rewards. Your thoughts?