When they did the colectomy in march 2009 they connected the end of the small bowel to the rectum yes , and then took a loop of small bowel through the abdomen for the ileostomy.
A loop ileostomy is never permanent - otherwise they would do an 'end' ileostomy and hence no join inside onto the rectum....it is usually a 'means to an end' e.g. to let internal incisions heal etc ....
lots of ppl have reversals and are doing great - except for me right now.... i am struggling with constipated issues still but as stacy said need to take time to see how it all pans out. hope you are getting all the info you need... do you feel you understand more about it now???
Karen 48 years old
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic Floor repair
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction/diagnosed slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection-partial volvulus resulting in worsening of colonic inertia (cleared obstruction though)
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy
23 Sept 2010: Ileostomy reversal