Re: My Surgeon Changed His Opinion!
Unfortunately, this is true. There are procedures you can have done if your sphincters are fully intact... Look into a search on rectoplasty/anoplasty. Doctors can perform procedures to open the stricture.
I am in EXACTLY the same boat you are in, only my tumor was so low my anal sphincters were affected... in which case you lose continency, etc. BEFORE having that bag reversed, make sure you look into this. I wish I knew how common this can be with rectal cancer... even colon cancer. (BTW With Colon Ca they can use stents to hold the stricture open). I have a ton of scar tissue, and am on serious pain killers since they reversed my ileostomy 1 1/2 years ago and I have have to dilate daily on top of them doing it.
I wish I had the luxury of having a bag to take my time in getting another opinion. Keep in mind, with nothing passing below the bag to keep pressure up and you dilated, you ARE going to close up naturally. This, too, may be the case for you. I would be certain though before that ileostomy is reversed.
Best of Luck,