Thank you all so much for your input and comments. It sounds like some of you have other awful things going on too, as well as what happened to jazzygirl - that is unbelievable - can u get compensation?
I do hope the surgery went well for you HisWill.
MY (short!) STORY: Yes i also had the STARR operation 18 months ago, as well as pelvic floor repair 4 years ago. Starr is for rectocele but also for mucosal prolapse. pelvic floor op was because of the rectocele and also a cystocele, which is when the bladder is also pushing through the wall of the vagina. None of these helped me as i had ODS which is obstructive defaecation syndrome. I was then diagnosed in late 2006 (after going from pillar to post) at another hospital with slow transit constipation, and told i was too young to have a subtotal colectomy(??) i was 44. At that time, i was told to start taking laxatives. i started taking 2 senna twice per day, as well as glycerin suppositories (i used to spend 3 hours a day to empty).
However after going back to my local surgeon, in June 2007 i had a sigmoid resection as an MRI scan found it to be twisted in two places and going down into the sac of Douglas (the area between the vagina and rectum). It was found to also be unusally long, and, because of my history, my surgeon thought it wouldnt hurt to remove that part of sigmoid (about 12-15 inches). However, the surgery did cure the obstruction amazingly, but my bowel basically just stopped working. he doesnt know why.
well since then i was referred to yet another hospital (it takes months over here on NHS)- the so called 'best' in London (why wasnt i referred there before??), and test show 78% markers spread throughout colon. thats it. i now have to take up to 25 senna tablets a day to have any kind of bowel movement, but gut still doesnt feel like normal at all. sorry its a long story though, but it may help someone maybe.
i see my old surgeon who did the sigmoid surgery next week for his opinion, and whether a sub-total would be better option for me, as i am scared of being incontinent. the reason i might be incontinent is that i was told my rectum is more narrow since the STARR, plus i had the sigmoid resection, plus for some weird reason, i get urgency when i actually DO need the loo, albeit there isnt much there always. so its all WEIRD I have to time myself from the time i take the laxatives and make sure i am at home for the loo. plus it doesnt all come at once, then again i have days when nothing happens. thanks for reading...x
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