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Colonoscopy after having a colonostomy - nervous

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mamalea333
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Hi everyone...It's been a long time since I've been here..Husband, who had rectal cancer & a perm colostomy is having a scope done tomorrow morning. He has started the prep work. Yay..let the "fun and games begin!"  anyway..just wondering how much different it is having this done with an ostomy. I am worried about such things as, who will put his pouch on him after the procedure & will they know what they're doing!? I know that sounds stupid..guess I just need something to worry about. I know I'll feel a lot better, once it's done. We are still getting used to life with the ostomy. My husband has done very well adjusting to his new way of doing things. I am just nervous about all the particulars. Prayers for a clean scope would be much appreciated! All blood work and ct scans have been excellent since his surgery in May of 2012. Thanks!

Lea

 

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lp1964
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Joined: Jun 2013

I understand your concern which is natural with new things. But if you look back you guys have been through tougher things than this. I have no experience with colostomy through the stoma, but I suppose it's not much different since the stoma has no nerve in it actually should be easier. Maybe he should consider not getting the sedation, so afterwards he can put on his pouch. I did my colonoscopy without it through the anus and it was easy. Now I have a stoma as well and some day I will need colonoscopy too, so let me know how it went.

The main thing is that he gets a clear test and that's exactly what I wish you guys.

Laz.

coloCan
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husband has less of a colon;entry via stoma is also a shortcut and easier than doing it "normally" via rectum. As for replacing pouch and/ or wafer,that was left for me. Also, askfor a discount in cost as work done by doctor will be completed in less time and energy consumed (tho you won't get one) Hopefully all will go well and be clear (I had asked the surgeon who created my stoma to select the doc to do colonoscopy)).....

actually, this was my first scope(back in Feb 2012)using my stoma and one second I'm talking to the doc and the next i'm asking this nurse why she's disconnecting the IV when nothing's been done yet and she tells me its over. I start arguing until I lift my T-shirt and notice my pouch was gone--it was quick!!!!)

So Worried
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Sending tons of prayers for you both, Lea. I am SO hoping his scan is good. Stay positive :)   Let us know....

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TxKayaker
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No big deal I had a colonoscopy thru my stoma after 6 months of chemo. The nurses and doctors are trained for this when I woke up everything was in place.

The only thing about mine is they can only do a portion of the colon I had a full colonoscopy after my take down no big deal with that one either.

 

I would not worry about it.... Keep the faith

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TxKayaker
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No big deal I had a colonoscopy thru my stoma after 6 months of chemo. The nurses and doctors are trained for this when I woke up everything was in place.

The only thing about mine is they can only do a portion of the colon I had a full colonoscopy after my take down no big deal with that one either.

 

I would not worry about it.... Keep the faith

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Goldie1
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My husband has had 2 colonoscopies through his stoma.  No problems, no issues, and the pouch was back in place after the procedure.  The toughest part for him is always the prep.  The last time, he just stood in the shower with running water because it was just a hassle to keep taking the pouch on and off again.  

All the best!

Ellen

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mamalea333
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thank you all!!! IT went very well..took all of 10 minutes. All clear!!!  The prep was not that bad..He did wonderfully well, except for being hungry! Praise Jesus!

thank  you all again,

Mamalea

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Trubrit
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Thanks for the update. 

Its great to hear that not only did the procedure go well, but that he is also NED. 

Time for the happy dance I think .

UncleBuddy
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Joined: Aug 2013

I hope he stays cancer-free!

Lin

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thingy45
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Joined: Apr 2011

Good news always welcome , we all worry before every procedure.

it is the "what if" factor, always there in the back of our minds

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