A team at Lancaster University have successfully published the results of their initial study exploring whether the use of pro and pre biotic formulations could improve surgical success rates when people have their stomas reversed. Around 1 in 5 people who have stoma reversal surgery find that they have are left with problems such as faecal incontinece. The team believes that this is because when the bowel is redundant and a temporary stoma is in place, the resting bowel loses its unique microenvironment and is therefore more difficult to bring back to full function. The study was published in Gut Microbes and will form the basis of a further funding application for a larger study http://bit.ly/rrreverse.