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    Old 04-29-2004, 09:04 AM   #1
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    Question Geriatric Colostomy Reversal Question

    My grandfather had an emergency colostomy performed last Summer- he is in his 80's and still very weak, he has lost a significant amount of weight and seems to sleep all the time. He insists that he wants the colostomy reversed, despite the Dr's feelings that he should wait. Has anyone experienced an colostomy reversal at such an advanced age? Any thoughts or experiences are much appreciated. We do not think he should attempt this- but he is stubborn and has talked the surgeon into doing it.

     
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    Re: Geriatric Colostomy Reversal Question

    I think it depends on the reason he had the colon surgery in the first place. But, I am with you -- this is serious surgery and it would be best to be in good shape. I had 2 1/2 feet of my colon removed 2 years ago and it certainly takes some time for muscles to heal.

    And one of Murphy's laws is still in effect--- "If it can go wrong -- it will" -- And with surgery almost never does everything go perfectly---

     
    Old 05-03-2004, 05:45 AM   #3
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    Re: Geriatric Colostomy Reversal Question

    He perforated his colon 8 mos ago and had ER surgery. The reversal is going ahead today, we are very concerned that he will not make it.

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    I think it depends on the reason he had the colon surgery in the first place. But, I am with you -- this is serious surgery and it would be best to be in good shape. I had 2 1/2 feet of my colon removed 2 years ago and it certainly takes some time for muscles to heal.

    And one of Murphy's laws is still in effect--- "If it can go wrong -- it will" -- And with surgery almost never does everything go perfectly---

     
    Old 05-04-2004, 06:14 AM   #4
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    Re: Geriatric Colostomy Reversal Question

    A couple of years ago a friend's mother, then 86, had a temporary colostomy after a resection due to infected diverticulitis, then had the reversal a couple of months later.

    She was not the most healthy and fit person otherwise, but the reversal went off just great.

    I would have said listen to the doctors about timing for a reversal, but that's a moot point. I don't think your grandfather would have been able to talk the surgeon into it unless he thought the chances for success were quite good (malpractice insurance rates are becoming such an issue). Stubbornness can be a good personality trait to get one through these things; so let's hope for the best.

    Keep us posted!

     
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