I too have wondered this question. My surgeon keeps saying I should get an inverted colostomy, that I would irrigate once in each 24 hour time period. Irrigations (giving yourself an enema) take 1 to 2 hours each day and require expensive equipment I was told. Since our insurance is greatly lacking now (extremely high office copays, prescription copays, individual deductibles, ins. balking at covering anything and everything) I can't have surgery. Surgery is out.
But someday I've wondered, if we ever have good or great health insurance again, what these supplies would cost.
Out of pocket expense is what I think most of us are going for here. Since the percentage of members who still have excellent health insurance is drastically going down.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening