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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Reversal of colostomy
I am a 43-year-old male and had an emergency colostomy last April (it is now December). The doctor will not perform the surgery to reverse the colostomy until I completely pay him off for the first surgery. My question is this: How long can I go with a colostomy before it is irreversible?
A colostomy can be in place for many years and still be closed successfully.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati