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laymanz
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 10/3/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
went in for pre surgery testing today and the nurse said that i would have to re train my bowels? what the heck does this mean? i didnt know that our bowels were trainable...they are taking the whole colon and rectum is this not my bowel? what do you think she was talking about?

spongebabe2pants
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 94
   Posted 10/3/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
my doctor said i have to keep working my rectal muscles so that i'll be able to control my bowel movements after my reversal. but if they're taking out your rectum i'm assuming you're not having a reversal. so i'm not too sure what she's talking about. maybe she's confused about what you're actually getting done?
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008


vette guy
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   Posted 10/3/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
laymanz said...
went in for pre surgery testing today and the nurse said that i would have to re train my bowels? what the heck does this mean? i didnt know that our bowels were trainable...they are taking the whole colon and rectum is this not my bowel? what do you think she was talking about?
Bowels are absolutely trainable. I taught mine to play " roll over and play dead" 20 years ago. That's why I have an ileostomy now!!!

Shaz032
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   Posted 10/3/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
In the case of a colostomy, you can 'retrain' your bowels by irrigating - that means giving yourself a water enema every 24 - 48 hours via the stoma which returns all stool at once. Once your bowels are 'trained' properly in this technique, you should remain stool free for the rest of the time meaning that you don't have to wear a bag. However, not all colostomates can irrigate (no ileostomates can) and even if you are a candidate for irrigation, you don't have to if you would prefer to just let nature take it's course and wear a bag full time.

That's all I can think of what she means. If you're having an ileostomy, that stoma will do as it pleases regardless of your wishes lol
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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peggy113
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   Posted 10/3/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard this re-train comment with respect to those who have ileostomies in the sense that the body somehow learns that their is no colon to help with absorption, so the small intestine kinda learns (?) to absorb more liquid to help prevent dehydration. I don't know if the snall intestine really can "learn" that - mine certainly hasn't quit puttin' out much in the last 24 years!!!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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