A colostomy reversal, also referred to as a laparoscopic colostomy reversal, is a surgical procedure in which the large intestine (colon) and rectum are reconnected after a prior colostomy. A colostomy is defined as an opening in the stomach in which a bag is placed to drain bowel movements. This procedure is fairly common and most patients experience an improved quality of life after having it performed.
The goal of the Colostomy Reversal procedure is to restore the function of your intestine and rectum.
To prepare for the procedure patient will consume a medicine that helps to flush out bowels because they must be empty for the procedure. Patient will be given general anesthesia. The surgeon will make two to five small incisions. These incisions are made so that any necessary surgical instruments and the laparoscope can be passed through. The patient's abdominal wall will then be lifted from the internal organs by being filled with carbon dioxide. The rectum and colon will then be reconnected with a stapling device that is inserted into the anus and colostomy opening. Once the surgery is complete the incisions will be stitched closed and wrapped with bandages.
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