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Colostomy reversal

03/30/2009

Question:

I had emergency colon resection due to diverticulitis perf. I am gong to have a reversal very soon. My question is that my Dr. told me that he was not going to close the hole left from the stoma. Why is this? I going to his office this thurs. but, I`d like some more info.

Answer:

Your surgeon will most likely leave the skin at the stoma site open so as not to seal bacteria under the skin, thus decreasing your risk for wound infection.

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Response by:

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