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    post operative rectro-vaginal fistual
    An_250690 posted:
    I was diagnosed with a 5 lb. cancerous tumor of the colon. I went through radiation/oral chemo and then surgery for removal. In the process I ended up with a temp. ileostomy in the small intestine. I then went through 6 months of iv chemo. When it was time for removal of the ileostomy to be taken down 8 months after my surgery, they discovered a recto-vaginal fistula and would not do the take down. I will now be having surgery for repair of the fistula in a couple weeks. In my case since the fistula is not due to childbirth, can I expect a full recovery in 8 weeks so I can plan the take down of the ileostomy and what would be the best way I can take care of myself while I heal?
    georgiagail responded:
    What does your surgeon(s) tell you in regards to a full recovery?

    One method of increasing your chances is to avoid any strenuous or heavy lifting during the healing period.


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