Bowel Resection--Scaring and Stricturing after surgery

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TechChick
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   Posted 5/11/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if any of you have had problems with your anastomosis resulting from bowel resections. My resection was in July of 2003 (small bowl resected along with 1/3 of colon), the site had strictured down to almost a full obstruction in 2006, which the site was dilated with a balloon during a
colonoscopy.

For the last few months I’ve been feeling really bad again, partial bowel obstruction type symptoms, so I went to the GI docs and he said that surgical site was probably closed up again. He was right, the opening was a pin hole in size. He did dilate it with a balloon, and said he want to try again in 6 months to try to stretch the opening a little bigger. He did say that at some point I might have to have that spot removed and re-attached.
Is this normal for this to happen? I’m just curious of others have experiences this, and was it caused by disease or just scaring in nature?
Thanks!!!! (Hugs)
Heather

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Nanners
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   Posted 5/11/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes the same thing happened to me, only I wasn't able to have it stretched open. Had my first resection in 2002 and had the second almost exactly 3 years later in 2005. Before he got to do the second resection, he spent the first two hours just cleaning up the scar tissue and adhesions I had. I think its great you are able to stretch it open, I wish they could have done that for me too. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


randynoguts
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   Posted 5/11/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
very common techchick. had it happen several times. along with new areas of disease at the same time.
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potty pooper
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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had 3 bowel resections. It is common for chrohn's to re-occur at the site of the connection. Just had my third surgery and am praying that I will have a long remission.

TechChick
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   Posted 5/12/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your responses!! I'm glad he is able to stretch it out some more. Its just frustrating that its closing down so quickly. I tell you what though, I feel so much better since he stretched that out last week. I really don't want to end up having surgery again........
Thanks!!!! (Hugs)
Heather

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