I have had two re-sections of small intestine. I developed a hernia above my belly button after second surgery. Ya, my GI doctor didn't want much to do with it. My regular MD said we'd watch it.
Well, it started getting pretty big ...kinda all of a sudden. It got as big as a softball. I saw a general surgeon and she explained to me that the intestine that is making it's way through the stomach wall can loose blood supply and die...and with us Crohnies..we need all the "good" intestine we can get. Don't let it get to big before you do something. Trust me I know surgery sucks...but what's a person to do. Easy recovery though.
Also, since I'm allergic to many things ...the surgeon suggested I get a piece of pig skin. vs. the regular "plastic" grids they put in. Sometimes your body can reject the plastic ones. I was so glad she mentioned it because I didn't know anything about the difference. I asked her why would they put "plastic" in anybody? She said, money! The pig skin is expensive and the hospital has to show cause for getting it.
So..just a little heads up! Good Luck
41 yr old woman with 12 surgerys under my belt. Diagnosed in 2005 CD. PTSD 1999. Gullbladder taken 2000, Hysterectomy 2005, Back surgery 1998 with herniation L-4, L-5, S-1. Two-Re-sections on small intestine, total of 18 inches taken out 2006. Stomach Herniation from re-section 2007, Been getting kidney stones too! The good news...finding this website.
Meds: Imuran 200mg daily, asacol, Bentyl, Coelestid, occasional flagyl and cipro, high blood pressure meds, paxil 25 mg, 4/20meq's potassium, synthroid...& try to get alot of laughter in.