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Colorectal Diseases

Reversal of colostomy



I am a 43-year-old male and had an emergency colostomy last April (it is now December). The doctor will not perform the surgery to reverse the colostomy until I completely pay him off for the first surgery. My question is this: How long can I go with a colostomy before it is irreversible?


A colostomy can be in place for many years and still be closed successfully.

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Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati