Thanks for responding. The STARR procedure is for a recticole (sp), which is another problem, apparently. It's sort of a bulge in my rectum that doesn't allow stool to pass easily...or at least that's my understanding. When my Dr. explained this to me, I was sort of in shock and I know I didn't understand everything. I'm just wondering if anyone has had this surgery....I know I read that someone had one, but I can't find the post now. All of this is just overwhelming.
My doctor didn't mention anything about an ostomy...he said he would attach my small intestine to my rectum. I asked about the success of this surgery, because I've read about so many problems on this board. He assured me the success rate is very good. He said he performs this surgery regularly and if it wasn't successful, he wouldn't be performing them. He added that there can be complications, but usually these problems can be resolved, or at least made manageable.
I'm starting biofeedback in a few weeks, and will have 4 or 6 sessions,and then we'll go from there. Surgery seems so extreme to me, but when I take my laxative that I have been taking for 30 years and it won't work well, then I'm sure I should have surgery. Like you, I just want to poop. Without laxatives, I have absolutely no urge at all. It seems like such a simple thing to do, doesn't it?