I was wondering if anyone could answer any questions that I have. Nothing too serious just some random questions. I have been told by the surgeons that I might be having ostomy surgery. That is all I was told, I have done a lot of research but I am currently waiting on a call from my Gastroenterologist just to discuss anything. I have been given no information at all and basically told to wait, I don't even know if I am getting this surgery yet but as its a big life change, obviously I have some questions and nobody seems to want to give me any information at my hospital. As I have been waiting for any news for nearly 3 weeks I thought I would come on here and hopefully learn more about what may soon be happening to me.
When someone has an ileostomy does it either have to be reversed or made permanent? If at first they don't remove your colon, I know its possible to reverse it but is the only option other than reversal, having your colon and rectum removed? I haven't been able to find a definitive answer to this anywhere.
When a person has ileostomy surgery to create a temporary loop or end ileostomy, does that person need to have a drain right after surgery?
I don't even know if I would be getting an ileostomy or colostomy, the way the surgeon was speaking pointed to an ileostomy but I am still unsure. I have seen quite a few people on YouTube with ileostomy surgery recovery but not a lot about colostomy surgery. I wondered if there was a big difference in recovery or the surgery in general? I know they are obviously different but I wasn't sure if one was 'worse' etc.
I am sorry for all my questions and if no one can answer them its entirely fine. I just feel like I am going a little insane with not knowing anything. I feel a bit like I am too obsessed with it but then again its a life changing surgery, I know it might not be a big deal to the hospital but i have been ill for over a decade and having this surgery could finally mean I can leave the house comfortably for the first time in about 4 years. I'm 24 and just want my life back.