i think i ruined my stoma. what happened was, last saturday i changed my wafer. after i put the new wafer on, i wanted to tighten the adapt ring, but i couldn't push on it w/o putting the bag on first, cuz the pushing caused stools to come out, so i put the bag on, so i can push on the ring to tighten it w/o causing a mess. when i pushed with my finger, i pushed on the stoma itself instead of against it. i felt pain and thought i may have pushed the stoma down into the abdomen. i couldn't really tell if my fear is true and thought next time i change i hope to see that the stoma is ok.
anyways, today i had a horrible leak, i took off the wafer and saw that my stoma has significantly retracted, but only the lower part (i have a loop ileostomy), just the place where i pushed with my finger. the upper part looks good.
i know they can do surgery to fix a retracted stoma, and what i wanted to ask was does anyone know if this is a simple operation or a complicated one??? also, i don't know if it's a silly question, but does anyone know whether it's possible the stoma can stick out again on it's own?? i mean go back to the way it was??
i'm so frustrated and worried that i damaged my stoma and now may need more surgery to fix it
thanks for any thoughts/advice.