I had the traditional surgery and my incision is about 5" long and runs from below my navel to the top of my pubic region. However, everyone's incision length is different and I think it's based on each person's unique physiology.
Post Edited (Charlotte Gilman) : 5/24/2008 5:24:54 PM (GMT-6)
Bennie-I was not a candidate for lapro surgery but know many who have had theirs done that way. The scaring is minimal which might be something to think about for bratcat...and on top of that, you get back to life quicker. I did have my proctocolectomy done by open surgery and I have to say I have a rather long scar. I'd say somewhere around 10" and two of them are above my pant line.
I am not sure where you are located, but you may want to look into the lapro surgery and if bratcat could even be a candidate for it. I know sometimes the dr's say they aren't sure which way it will go until they're there, but sometimes they can say up front.
My daughter had a open Sub-Colectomy and her scar goes from her navel to the pelvic bone...she also had an open gallbladder s/x done and her scars overlapped,but it looks great...only if you really hard can you see it...My daughters surgeon did a plastics closure...She is only 11 so both me and my husband were concerned about the scar...but even w/ it going over it twice it looks great!! She is having a Total Colectomy on 6/5/08 and it will be open,and they said they were going to use the same scar again,and again use a plastics closure...She had to have open s/x because of issues w/ her colon etc...They did try laporscope first but could not do it...We go to Boston Childrens Hospital...and we live in Tennessee...so ask your dr about the plastics closure...or like others have said get a second opinon...untill we found Boston Childrens we went to about 4 other drs...Hope this helps. You are in my prayers!!
The surgeon prefers not to do sub-total colectomy laproscopically. He does do other surgeries laproscopically so he is not against them completely. He did give us the name of another surgeon in case we wanted it done that way. He doesn't do plastic closure. He suggested a plastic surgeon in the future if she wanted. Just when I think we have accepted surgery and we like the surgeon, now we have to think about whether or not it would be better to find a different surgeon. As I said, bratcat seems less upset about the type of incision than me. I am going to call her ped. GI on Tuesday and ask him some questions.
Personally, for this complex sugery, I would take the surgeon with the most jpouch experience over a surgeon who does it laprascopic. Maybe they are one in the same in your case but for me I took the surgeon who had performed over 2000 procedures.