Confused about operations

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   Posted 9/12/2007 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Im really confused about when people talk about when they've had operations to remove part of there bowel, someone say they had to have a bag (sorry i've forgotten the proper name for it) for a few weeks to settle/rest there bowels, do u have to have a bag for every type of operation or is it just some types.  I havnt been told i have to have a operation im just thinking in the future i probably will have to.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had two bowel resections and never had to have a temporary ostomy. Most don't have to have ostomies temporary or permanent. I think when you have to have alot removed they give you the temporary for a bit to help your intestines to rest and heal. I might be wrong, I am sure others will be along with their experiences. But just wanted to let you know the bag is more uncommon than common in a resection.
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 9/12/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on the same boat. Would love to know more about surgeries and operations. It may be a possibility in the future for me.
What are some symptoms of a complication that will end up in surgery?
Diagnosed with CD in Jan 07 after going to different doctors for fissures or what I thought were hemmeroids. After getting a colonoscopy they found out I had Crohns. I had no idea what the hell CD was, but once I read up on it, realized I've had mild symptoms since age 12. I'm now 19.
I have mild to moderate CD, and don't have many symptoms other than my 3 fissures, stomach pain after eating, diarreah, bloating, cramping, gastritis on occasion, and then other random health issues that are caused from CD like gingivitis for example.
I'm currently on Cipro and Entocort (3mg/3xday). The Entocort has given me lots of issues. Really puffy cheeks, the inability to lose any weight while working out constantly, lots of acne, weird hair growth, and these random stretch marks on my thighs and breasts. I told my Dr. I thought I had Cushings Syndrome, which is an effect of Entocort, but she doesn't believe me.
This site is great for support.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends on how much inflammation is involved.

It is much easier to hook two pieces of healthy intestines back together, than it would be to hook two pieces of inflammed intestines back together. I don't know if they would even try to hook up two pieces of badly inflammed intestines together?
They may end up having to take more out to find healthy tissue.

In my case, they went with an illestomy for one month, to let things heal up.
Then I had a second surgery to remove the illestomy.
It worked out well.

I had an abcess, which was the reason for surgery, and was 15.

Take Care
CD dx @ 13 (1987)
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Imuran 150mg day
Colazal 750mg 1 tablet 3x day
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   Posted 9/12/2007 8:56 PM (GMT 0)   
You can also get more info from people at the ostomies forum here at healingwell, that forum is near the bottom of the list of forums.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes it's to give a portion of the bowel a chance to heal, as in when you have fistulas that aren't responding to medications. So they will "bypass" a portion of the intestine to give it a rest. Sometimes there's so much removed from disease that they have to do an ostomy.

The bag surgery is called and ostomy.

If the colon (or large intestine) is not removed or completely removed or by passed, they can use part of the colon to bring to the surface of your abdomen, it's called a colostomy. If your entire colon is removed or bypassed for a "rest" they bring the small intestine to the surface, usually the ileum and it's called an ileostomy.

If a urinary tract is diverted to the surface to bypass your bladder, it's called a urostomy (which can happen with CD patients because of the high incidence of bladder fistulas).
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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