I got my surgery date & ? on strictureplasty

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   Posted 10/9/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
They called me yesterday.  Nov. 4th.  Election day!  How funny!!  Oh, the joys of colonoscopy prep!!! eyes shakehead    I have 2 strictures that are too thin.  He said they will obstruct if not taken care of.  If they are close enough together he will take them as one; but if there is much bowel in between he will take them separately.  He said he may be able to strictureplasty one of them, but won't know until he's in there.
Have any of you had a strictureplasty?  Do you think it wise to do that, or just to remove the intestine and be done with it?  I've not had one done.  Am I right in thinking that he may need to go back in again if it goes back to a full stricture?
I just don't want to have another surgery looming over me.  I'd rather get in and get 'er done.  Anyway, he said 3-5 days in the hospital.  He will do lap surgery if there are no adhesions from my 2 previous resections.
Any advice on the strictureplasty?
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Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
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   Posted 10/9/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I would go for the stricturplasty. It saves bowel and from what I understand many have success with this procedure. I hope you are able to have the lap, but don't be surprised if you wake up with a full incision. They tried to go in via lap for my FIRST resection and found too much adhesions from my C-Sect done 23 years before. And found even more adhesions when they went in to do resection #2, in fact he spent the first 2 hours just cleaning up the adhesions. Good luck and keep us posted on how you do.

Gail *Nanners*
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.

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   Posted 10/9/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stephanie,
I agree with Nanners re the stricturplasty. Good luck with your op and keep us posted.

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   Posted 10/9/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi It's a good question your asking I did get a few stitches in a part of bowel where the fistula had run from small to large. I had 2 anastomis sites 1 at cecum and 1 where there was narrowing caused by CD that was causing blockage. I might add that the epidermal was great for pain control I had mine for 3 days and did very good with that. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 10/9/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
its the "new" way of saving bowel that has been done for a number of years. i know mine was in '99. however mine di not work im sure yours will be fine. i had other issues at the time that contributed to the failure. good luck and vote before you go to the hospital. i did that once.


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   Posted 10/10/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I had strictureplasty done on 8 different areas in my small intestines in 2001. I havent had any surgery since. I have had blockages but some how have been able to avoid surgery but not hospitalizations. In 2005 I was put on Remicade every 8 weeks and just switched over to Cimzia. It will be a year ago this December that I was in the hospital last. I narrowly avoided surgery then. The colorectal surgeon who operated on me told me he could preserve the bowel before he did the surgery but he didnt know there were 8 areas, it was a 6 hr surgery! I was told after that surgery by him that if I needed future surgery and had to have intestines removed I would be in danger of have small bowel syndrome. I would opt for strictureplasty if it is doable because it saves intestines.
42 yrs, diagnosed Crohn's 1988, 2 bowel resections, 1 strictureplasty, 1 botched exploratory surgery, 1 emergency surgery for ruptured ulcer, Remicade every 8 wks, Immuran 100 mg, Protonix

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