Hi SGNYC, yes, the colon is basically "offline"to heal after the ileostomy. Think of the temp loop ileostomy as a garden hose that has been sliced almost halfway through, then folded over and pulled out your abdominal wall. So, the stoma will be 1 hole, but small intestine that is pulled through will actually have 2 holes, but only 1 will be excreting stool, the other hole will be still be attached to the large intestine/colon, but obviously nothing passes through, as this gives the surgical repairs a chance to heal. Later on, after any needed treatments arecomplete, the second surgery, or reversal, is done and is generally a much quicker surgery. Issues with the reversal tend to be getting the system working all together again, as it's been out of commission for some time, basically relearning/reestablishing bowel function again. Hope this helps a little and good luck to you! Keep us all posted through the journey.
By the glory, by the grace, by the strength of God, I will be made whole.
Aug 3, 18-colonoscopy, 5cm mass 12cm from AV rectal cancer
Aug 17-CT,chest and pelvis
CEA-.99-likely not a good marker
Clinical DX-T2/T3n1 -3cm mass, 13.5 from AV-might be colon? - let surgeon make determination
Sept 10-14 radiation
Sept 25-CR lap surgery, temp loop ileostomy
Oct 2-path stage pT1N0M0-no chemo recommended
Jan 8-stoma takedown