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Jul 5, 2018 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Digestive Health

It was the hospital, not the insurance company. I first went to a small hospital in southern Maryland but they weren't very high tech. A major hospital 45 miles away was my next stop after being transferred by ambulance. They do colon work but not bladder and they are a fairly large and sophisticated hospital complex but they don't do bladder surgeries. Baltimore is 3 hours further north and no way I was going all that distance since it wasn't a life and death situation. Glad the doctors recognized what their limitations are rather than practice on me. May have it done here in WI or at Mayo if it flares up again. Insurance covered everything which I like.

Jul 5, 2018 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Digestive Health

Thanks for the reply. I am part of an ostomy support group but not where the surgery would take place. My main hospital only deals with the colon so would have to go elsewhere for the bladder. Johns Hopkins in Baltimore since live out there part time(well, 3 hours away). So that means having them do both surgeries. With the radiation that my bowels have had, I am concerned that they would not be easily able to get good tissue for the stoma. When I got the previous infections, I was out of it in about 4 hours and had to get an ambulance ride to the ER for antibiotics. They pumped two bags of liquids into me and gave me antibiotics and sent me home after being there about 4 hours. Second time, I was much better and the ER doctors at the same hospital freaked and sent me to a larger hospital for an admit for 5 days of antibiotics. That really screwed up my bowels and bladder. My urethera was closed before and they forced a catheter into it and now I had more problems with urine than I did before. Neither hospital could do any infection tests since my urine was always compromised/dirty so they just threw meds at me. I know it is better having it in good health but….. will consider it some more.