Loop Colostomy Reversal

A loop colostomy reversal is surgery that reverses a loop colostomy. The large intestine is disconnected from the opening in the abdomen (stoma). It is then stitched (sutured) together inside the body. A stoma and pouch are no longer needed. Bowel movements can resume through the rectum.

LET YOUR CAREGIVER KNOW ABOUT:

RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS

General surgical complications may include:

Specific risks for colostomy reversal, while rare, may include:

BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

It is important to follow your surgeon's instructions prior to your procedure. This will help you to avoid complications. Steps before your procedure may include:

You may be asked to:

PROCEDURE

You will be given medicine that makes you sleep (general anesthetic). The procedure usually requires a small incision at the site of the colostomy. The surgeon will stitch or staple the two ends of the intestine back together, inside the abdominal cavity. The stoma will then be closed and covered with a gauze bandage (dressing).

AFTER THE PROCEDURE