First little about my situation. I am 42 yo male. I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer almost two years ago. I received 6 weeks of pre-op chemo and radiation, had surgery to remove the tumor a lower anterior resection with jpouch anastomosis, then post-op chemo for four 1/2 months.
It's been over a year since the surgery. I have had a leak in my colon near connection and underneath the rectum. It's not going to heal and because the location and the rectum which is no longer pliable the won't be able to do an interanal endoscopic repair - basically by creating a flap to cover it.
My options at this point seem to be keep the ileostomy, have surgery to get a colostomy bag, or have surgery and if there's enough colon left have re-connection a straight anastomis.
If anyone has found themselves in such a position please contact me. I do have questions about what are the additional risks having a second surgery in the same area of the GI tract which doesn't seem to be very forgiving.
Edited March 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm