Colostomy Reversal

An ostomy is a surgically-created opening from an internal organ to the body’s surface. In a colostomy, that internal organ is the colon/large intestine. After a colostomy waste is collected on the outside of the body using an ostomy appliance. Temporary colostomies are often used when part of the colon needs time to heal after surgery or trauma. In a colostomy reversal, the two ends of the colon are reconnected and the area in which the stoma was made is closed.

Preparing For The Procedure

The doctor will discuss with you how the procedure should go and what you should expect. You will have to take medicine that will evacuate your bowels before the operation. Anesthesia will be administered and the procedure will begin.


Possible complications can include the inability to eat or drink, less frequent urination, hard or tender abdomen, absence of bowel movement for more than two days, blood during bowel movements, allergic reactions to anesthesia, or infection.