• I am scheduled for bowel resection next week and may have to have a temporary colostomy. Could use input and support. Thanks

    Asked by Beaner54 on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    I am scheduled for bowel resection next week and may have to have a temporary colostomy. Could use input and support. Thanks

    The doctor told me that both internal and external radiation treatments caused damage to my large colon and there is a possibility that I will have to have a temporary colostomy. Ugh - "wear a bag for 12 weeks".
    Never thought Uterine cancer would lead me here.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Reeses' Avatar
      Reeses

      Hi Bearer. I'm sorry to hear that you need a bowel resection. I hope that I can be encouraging to you. I am on my 4th ostomy. This one is permanent. At first you may feel like everyone can see it. But believe me, no one knows unless they have been informed. I can't tell you how many times friends have told me they had no idea that I had one. In the hospital an ostomy nurse will teach you how to care for it and offer you lots of support and guidance. If I can answer any specific questions, please ask! If you would feel more comfortable discussing it in private, please feel free to send me s private email. Is the procedure scheduled yet?

      about 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      I was lucky to only need a resection due to early colon cancer, before I got breast cancer. The docs suggested I get a temporary bag because of horrid side effects after my surgery. I am more stubborn than bright. I was "going" so often day and night that I ended up on Disability. I had no life! It really was awful, I didn't leave the house much for years. I have it a bit better under control now, I at least have good hours now, but when it hits, it hits. If I had a do over, I would have gotten the ostomy bag and not been so prideful. Breast cancer and treatment was not as difficult as the after effects of my colon resection. I just wanted you to consider this. I know my case was extreme. The bag would have been another surgery for me. But life would have been easier. Good luck to you. Whatever happens, you are stronger than you know.

      about 5 years ago
    • Reeses' Avatar
      Reeses

      Great response Sandi. My sister also has an ostomy. She had the option to have it reversed and chose to keep it, because the inconvenience of wearing a bag was a much better option than the pain she went through without it. She.also saw all the surgeries went through in 12years cutting a bit of bowel here and.there before they gave me total colectomy and a permanent ostomy. I believe.she made a very wise choice.

      about 5 years ago

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