Thanks for the replies/information/encouragement, everyone.
Nanners, they did not dialate it when they were in there because that procedure would have to be performed by a colo-rectal surgeon, and my GI was the one doing the colonoscopy. (this is what i was told, at least). Also, the stricture is not currently causing any functional problems (stuff can still pass through without much of a problem), but as I said my main concern is that they can no longer see polyps in the early stages and cut them out now.
I have already had a recurrent stricture in my anus, but dialating this is a minor procedure I have had done already a few times. Dialating colon has much more risk of rupturing...
Belleenstein, thanks for the info about
stricturplasty. That sounds like the least-invasive procedure--I would definitely opt for this if my doctor thinks it will work for me.
I REALLY do not want to get a resection if possible... As for the ileostomy comments, I agree that that should be a last resort only. My surgeons (who are some of the best in the country, truly), have been telling me I should get one since I was 18...
Chrissy, I am sorry that you are having health problems too, and dealing with insurance companies--especially when you are sick--is a nightmare. I hope that you find a good GI that will help you to take the best care of yourself. It took me 3 years to find a GI who actually found a treatment that worked for me.
Mormor Vicky, I am the same age as your daughter, and my mother also has Crohn's colitis. Last year, they found that she had colon cancer, and she had much of her colon removed. She has recovered fully and there is no sign of the cancer left. :) Her having cancer is part of the reason I am so concerned about
getting it as well. She had no Crohn's symptoms until she was in here 30's, but my Crohn's came out when I was only 15. They say that after 10 years with the disease, your risk of cancer is quite high. I intend to hold off and ileostomy as long as possible..it sounds horrible to have a bag, but when you compare it to getting cancer and dying at a young age it doesn't seem so bad at all..
Thanks, everyone. I will look into stricturplasty, and let you know if they say it is right for me! Have a good weekend.