I've read the other recent posts on reversals, and some of the complications and success stories. I just received my date (Apr 1) for my colostomy reversal, and have a few questions. Like others, when I really think about the surgery, I start to freak out, I am sure my anxiety level will increase as the date gets nearer--not sure what I will do about that. I posted awhile ago about my story, ruptured diverticula in Oct, 1st surgery resected the colon but leaked 4 days later, transferred by ambulance in middle of night to Cleveland Clinic and had 2nd surgery to repair which resulted in colostomy. I've also now developed a large parastomal hernia, which hopefully will be repaired when surgery is done. The doctor didn't seem too concerned about it, said they are very common. Measured me for a belt to wear, but really didn't even give me weight restrictions on lifting or anything. Easy for him, he doesn't look like he's 10 months pregnant! I'm worried about it getting worse, as it seems to be doing. Hopefully the belt will help?
My doctor insists on waiting 6 months to reverse. Also said, which surprised me, that I may need a temporary loop ileostomy for 3 months if he thinks there is any chance the repair will leak. Is this a common thing to be told? And, there will be catheters inserted into my ureters to help identify them during the surgery, I think he said this is in addition to the foley catheter that will be used, there was some risk involved, but the benefits outweighed the risks in his opinion. Again, is this common? I didn't really have a chance to think about my last surgeries, they were both unexpected and emergent, so, I just had to do it. Can't think of any other questions I had, but, I know there are more. I really appreciate reading the advice and experiences of everyone, it is somewhat helpful to know of others who are experiencing similar things. Thanks