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Improved surgical techniques mean that operations to form permanent stomas are declining. Temporary stomas allow the bowel to rest and heal.Your healthcare professional will advise whether stoma reversal is possible.
The outcome of reversal surgery depends on how much and which part of the bowel has been removed. If very little of the rectum remains, then it is likely that bowel control will be impaired.
In deciding whether to proceed with a reversal we recommend you: