Ric Flair: “I’m just thankful I’m in one piece”

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| Sports Illustrated – In an interview published in August,  69 year old Ric Flair reported that he is in good health, which is a major relief to wrestling fans after complications from a blockage in his bowels forced doctors to place Flair in a medically induced coma last August.

“It’s almost a year ago, August 14, when I went through everything with my surgery,” said Flair.

“But now I feel great. I just had another surgery a couple weeks ago to reverse the stoma. [What is a reversible stoma? Find out below.] Now I need a couple of months of rest, and I still can’t work out yet, but I feel fantastic. It’s a miracle.”

Flair is also grateful that his body has held up after decades in the ring.

“I’m not physically banged up,” said Flair. “I feel great. My knees, elbows, and back, they don’t bother me at all right now.

“When I look at my friends with back operations, hip replacements, knee replacements, I’m just thankful I’m in one piece because so many have been through a lot.

“Hulk has had like nine back operations. Guys in my generation and even the generation younger than me are all physically banged up much more than me, but I’m lucky to be doing great. Thank you to all who’ve asked.”

One proud papa

Although Flair is no longer ringside, he forever remains in the corner of his daughter, Charlotte Flair.

“Her time off came at a good time,” said Flair about his daughter, who returned this past Tuesday night on SmackDown and immediately reinserted herself into the women’s title picture.

“She was at the ESPYs, presented an award, and did the ‘Body Issue’ for ESPN. She’s built her brand, and her brand gets bigger every day … ”

Read the full interview at Sports Illustrated.

What is a stoma?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In anatomy, a stoma (plural: stomata) is any opening in the body.

A mouth, nose, anus etc are natural stomata.

Any hollow organ can be manipulated into an artificial stoma as necessary. This includes the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, ileum, colon, pleural cavity, ureters, urinary bladder, and kidney pelvis.

A stoma may be permanent or temporary. Surgical procedures that involve the creation of an artificial stoma typically end with the suffix “-ostomy”.

Gastrointestinal stomata


Stomata are created in particular in surgical procedures involving the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) or gastrointestinal system (GIS). The GIT begins at the mouth or oral cavity and continues until its termination, which is the anus.

One well-known form of an artificial stoma is a colostomy, which is a surgically created opening in the large intestine that allows the removal of feces out of the body, bypassing the rectum, to drain into a pouch or other collection device.

This surgical procedure is invoked usually as a result of and solution to disease in the GIT. The procedure involves bisecting this tube, usually between the later stage of the small intestine (ileum) and the large intestine or colon, hence colostomy, and exiting it from the body in the abdominal region. The point of exiting is what is known as the stoma.

For greatest success and to minimize negative effects, it is preferable to perform this procedure as low down in the tract as possible, as this allows the maximal amount of natural digestion to occur before eliminating fecal matter from the body. The stoma is usually covered with a removable pouching system (adhesive or mechanical) that collects and contains the output for later disposal.

Modern pouching systems enable most individuals to resume normal activities and lifestyles after surgery, often with no outward physical evidence of the stoma or its pouching system.

When planning the position of the stoma, a stoma nurse should bear in mind the height of the person’s waist and beltline so that clothes can fit as before. Also a peri-stomal hernia belt worn from the start can help prevent the stoma from developing a serious hernia problem.

Stoma reversal operations

HealthTalk.org – Surgery to reverse a temporary colostomy or ileostomy (reconnection of the bowel) can be a relatively minor procedure, but not all colostomies or ileostomies can be reversed.

Deciding when to do the reversal depends on a number of factors including how well the patient has healed after their initial surgery and how fully they have recovered from other treatments like chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Sometimes reversals can be done after a matter of weeks (usually 12 weeks after surgery) while in other cases it takes much longer sometimes up to several years.

After surgery, patients stay in the hospital until their bowel begins to function again. This may happen after a few days but can take longer.

Once the bowel has started working again many people experience problems with constipation or diarrhea and face what may be a long process of restoring their eating and bowel habits. Occasionally, complications such as adhesions (a build-up of scar tissue) mean that the reversal operation proves impossible and the stoma must become permanent. Read more at healthtalk.org.


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