This is my first time posting, so first I want to thank you for listening!
My husband went in for a routine colonoscopy and the doctor perforated his colon, just above the rectum. An emergency ileostomy was performed, with the intention of doing a reversal six weeks later. However, when the surgeon checked my husband's colon prior to the surgery, he found the bowel almost completely blocked with a stricture. After two different attempts to use a balloon dilation procedure, it became clear that a new anastomosis would be necessary.
That surgery was six hours long, and involved removal of some adhesions, and also another large section of his colon. He ended up in ICU for six days on a ventilator after that one. The doctor said that was due to the length of time his belly was open and the loss of blood and fluids. His ureter was accidentally nicked during the surgery also, and it was necessary to repair it and have two temporary stints inserted.
His next complication was the development of scar tissue in his penis due to the long amount of time that the catheter was in place during his recovery. This was handled with surgery as well, but with limited success.
Ultimately my husband went in on 1/11 for his take down or reversal. The surgeon found a small stricture in his bowel, but was able to get through when a flexible scope was used, so he went ahead with the reversal. My husband is doing well now, experiencing the normal urgency with bowel movements following the reversal, and he is feeling better each day.
My problem is I am SCARED that he will develop a bowel obstruction in the future, and will have to have additional surgery and a possible permanent ostomy. He obviously is prone to developing scar tissue/adhesions, so I almost feel doomed to this complication in the future. He is so happy to be without the bag, but I can't get beyond my panic that this is not the end of the nightmare, it's the middle. We have been through so much since this all took us by surprise on Sept. 13th, and I am admittedly paranoid!
Any words of wisdom or suggestions for us?