• When facing a permanent colostomy should you find a second or even third opinion?

    Asked by StegalMan on Thursday, April 18, 2013

    When facing a permanent colostomy should you find a second or even third opinion?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      If I were facing that option I would find a surgeon that will internalize the colostomy so that I will not need ostomy supplies, or an outside appliance. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I'd want to be sure that I was having surgery with a top colorectal oncologic surgeon, who might be able to avoid the colostomy. There may be no options, but I know that if I'd had my surgery by someone else (triple colon resection) I'd probably have ended up with a permanent colostomy. As it was, I didn't even have a temporary one, and my reconnect bowels function perfectly normally (Thank you, Dr. Paty!)

      over 5 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      I had to have a permanent colostomy. But instead of getting a second opinion I wrote down a list of questions and my surgeon sat down with me and answered everyone to my satisfaction. If a second opinion would make you feel better about the colostomy then I would go ahead and get one. What I needed was more information. The more information I had the better I was able to handle having a colostomy. My surgeon is the department head of the colorectal dept. at my hospital and a brilliant surgeon. I trust her with my life. My surgery was last July and has been the least of my worries. good luck :0)

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I feel a second (or third) opinion is the best route, if only to reinforce the first opinion. Peace of mind is a great healer. Your docs won't (shouldn't) mind you doing this so don't feel any reticence.

      over 5 years ago

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