Need advice/info on laparoscopic colostomy reversal

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/7/2007 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My colostomy reversal surgery is scheduled for Thursday morning.  I'm rather nervous and am looking for any been there/done that stories, specifically about laparoscopic reversals.  Information about lap reversals seems difficult to find.  I'd love info on post-op pain, length of time in hospital, and what to expect as far as bathroom visits.  Thanks in advance! 

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi -- how'd it go? I'm having reversal surgery next month (October) and, like, you, am seeking advice/stories. I hope you're doing well and I'm figuring it's just like the first ostomy surgery ... am I right? Be well!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/19/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I am to have reversal of colostomy soon and would like to hear how you got on the pre and post op care and problems :-)

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
my doctor says there is NO way to do my reversal Lapaoscopic....I just don't understand. I even asked this in the ER when he told me about needing the colostomy, and he said no way.......
why is this. open is really hard to recover from.
DX-Migraines:PCOS(should have seen this list before!!)

On Jan 17th I had a very traumatic situation ending in a colostomy. Wait on reversal date. Not doing to well.
Meds: Prevacid, Lexapro, Xanex, some pain meds.

May God give you a reason to smile today, an extra reason to laugh, and bring joy to your soul.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/16/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Some doctors aren't as good with laparoscopic procedures as others which is probably the case with your surgeon. Some surgeons don't do any laparoscopic procedures at all, some do only a limited amount, and others do almost all.
The area I live in, you can get some things done laparoscopic - like a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). I've had two hernias repaired (one inguinal/one femoral) and both were open. Now if I would have gone to the Bay Area, they would have been done laparoscopically. If fact, that's the main reason I went to the Bay Area for my colectomy was so that it would be done laparoscopically. If I would have had it done in my area, it would have been open surgery.
Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Sub-Total colectomy in September 2007 for colonic inertia.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's and UC at 17 (now 21). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.
Husband HLA B27 postive with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.

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