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Reversal of a loop ileostomy so that you can open your bowels in the usual way
Having an ileostomy means that you won't poo from your bottom any more, but instead your faeces will come out of the stoma into the bag.
A loop ileostomy is when the procedure is designed to be temporary and is done in a way that means your small bowel can be repaired and you will be able to poo normally again. This is done in a procedure called a closure of loop ileostomy.
If you have a loop colostomy that is ready to be closed, call or book online today to arrange a consultation to discuss a private closure of loop with a consultant of your choice at Circle Health Group.
Loop ileostomy is typically used when you have had or are having surgery on a section of your colon, or when you have a disease or injury in your colon, and it is necessary to stop using that section while it heals and recovers. For example, if you have part of your large bowel (large intestine) removed, the two remaining ends will be joined together surgically. Your surgeon might create a temporary loop ileostomy so that these newly joined ends have time to heal before they are required to process waste again.
The main benefit of closure of loop ileostomy is that you will be able to open your bowels in the normal way and will not have to use a stoma bag.
You might have a short physical examination and they may send you for scans or tests to check you are fit and healthy enough for surgery, that your digestive system has healed enough for the loop closure, and to assess how your colon is working. These might include X-rays, CT scans, blood tests and more. You won't be able to have the closure until they are satisfied that you've recovered properly and swelling has gone down, which is typically at least 12 weeks after the ileostomy procedure but can be much later. In some cases reversal is done more than 12 months after the original surgery.
Once your consultant has the results of these tests and has made their diagnosis, they will be able to talk you through the available treatment options, including ileostomy closure of loop if appropriate. Together, you'll make a decision on what's best in your individual circumstances.
Your surgeon will begin by making a cut into your skin around the ileostomy. They will free up the 'loop' of small bowel that was used to create the stoma and joint the two ends back together. The reconnected portion of bowel will be placed back inside your abdominal cavity.
The incision is then closed using either surgical staples or stitches.
Most people make a good recovery and are able to return to emptying their bowels as usual.
Like all surgical procedures, ileostomy closure of loop carries certain risks. Your consultant surgeon will talk you through all of these in detail ahead of time so that you can make an informed decision. They should be able to put your mind at ease about any worries you are having.
General complications of any operation include:
Specific complications of this operation
If you would like to see a consultant to learn more about ileostomy reversal, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly.