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Colostomy Reversal


Colostomy reversal is a surgical procedure that restores the normal function of the large intestine after a colostomy. A colostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the abdomen through which the large intestine is brought to the surface of the skin to allow fecal matter to leave the body. Colostomy reversal involves reconnecting the two ends of the large intestine and closing the opening in the abdomen.

Reasons for Colostomy Reversal

Colostomy reversal is usually performed when the patient's condition has improved and there is no longer a need for the colostomy. Some of the reasons for colostomy reversal may include:

  • Improvement of the underlying condition that necessitated the colostomy

  • Complications with the colostomy, such as leakage, infection or blockage

  • Psychological and social issues related to living with a colostomy

Preparation for Colostomy Reversal

Prior to the surgery, the patient may be required to undergo a series of tests to ensure that they are healthy enough for the procedure. The surgeon may also advise the patient to make some lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or losing weight, to improve their chances of a successful surgery.

Colostomy Reversal

The Procedure

Colostomy reversal is performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete. The surgeon will make an incision in the abdomen to access the two ends of the large intestine. The ends will then be reconnected using a surgical technique that is appropriate for the patient's specific condition.

Recovery from Colostomy Reversal

After the surgery, the patient may need to stay in the hospital for a few days to be monitored for any complications. They may also be given pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection. The patient will need to follow a special diet for a few weeks and gradually resume normal activities. It may take several weeks or months for the patient to fully recover from the surgery.

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