If you shave, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be careful around the stoma itself. They bleed very easily. I cut mine last week with the edge of my wafer (the hole was too small) and wow..I had two pouch fulls of blood. It scared me half to death!! Just take care my friend!...Cheryl
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
Reversal surgery scheduled for end of March/09