In medical procedures, reconnection of the bowel is very much possible through a minor surgery by reversing the Ileostomy or a non-permanent colostomy. It is, however, to be kept in mind that it is not always possible to reverse all the ileostomies or colostomies. You can view website to learn more about ileostomy and colostomy.
There are a number of factors which a specialized practitioner has to consider while deciding about Colostomy reversal or not reversing a colostomy. These factors may include the healing ability of the patient after a preliminary surgery, his or her immunity, and other associated treatment like radiotherapy or chemotherapy, etc.
Usually, it takes about a couple of weeks to get the patient ready for reversals however, it can take as long as three months or beyond in complicated cases with other therapies. It can even take longer than the stipulated time and may take several years if nature of complexities does not allow. Surgery is done in intensive care and the patient is to be tested for cardiac and renal fitness before taking him to the surgery room. Once the surgery is completed; the patient needs to be hospitalized and to be kept under rigorous monitoring till the time his bowel and other associated organs start functioning properly.
Many patients start experiencing other health deteriorating issues after the reversal and the most common issues related to post Colostomy reversal are constipation and diarrhea. Post-surgery conditions and healing ability defines how fast recovery will be; and how rapidly the eating habits and bowel habit be restored to their normal functions. At times, due to carelessness or the unusual complications like adhesions might adversely affect results of reversal procedure and make stoma permanent.
However, in recent times, a reversal of colostomy has become a common procedure and people usually opt colostomy reversal in order to prevent further complex surgeries but its effects on overall health can still be enormous.