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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 7/16/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, this my first post
But before i go on i would just like to say thanx for the brilliant site i have gained so much info from here,
I am currently on my surgeons waiting list for a sub-total proctocoletmy as i have severe rectal crohn's disease and a per-anal fistula.
I was told by the hospital a couple of months ago that they can guarentee that i will have had my operation by the 25th august but they can't give me a date.Well the 25th of aug is only what six weeks away and i still haven't heard a thing.
I called hospital waing list yesterday to ask A. any date yet and B. if not how long will it be before i hear anything.They told me that i should hear any day as i will get a letter to go for a pre admission appointment 3 weeks prior to the op.
So i was just wondering how long it was before anyone ready got there operation letter?

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   Posted 7/16/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
allan1980-welcome to the forum! It is great to hear you've gotten questions answered.

It must be so hard to have to wait that long to have such a surgery...I cannot help you with your question, but someone should be along soon.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 624
   Posted 7/17/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there
i have had quite a few operations on NHS - the letter can sometimes arrive quite late - about 3-4 weeks before surgery, so dont get worried - my last surgery i was told just a few weeks away and had pre-admission the day before - good luck
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(

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