I had colectomy with ileo rectal anastamosis at the Cleveland ClinicinOhio in 6/2006. Dr Geisler was my surgeon. I can't praise the place enough. I was treatedextremely well.The surgeon was fantastic and the nursing staff was extremely attentive and compassionate. We traveledall the way from New York to have the surgery done there. I was in hospital for 5 days and then stayed at the Cleveland Clinic hotel across the street and then 3 days laterwe were back in the car motoring home. I have had questions for Dr Geilser and I just e-mailed him and he responded in short order....Can't say enough about the care I got there.
KAP-I have been treated at CC for the last 11 years, and wouldn't go anywhere else. I've had two surgeons there (one had a career advancement with CC) and although I miss him, my new surgeon is just as wonderful. My suggestion (after many surgeries for Crohn's) after surgery is to ask for a room on either H50 or M50...if you are lucky enough for M50, you'll have a PRIVATE ROOM!!! If the floors are full, you may be put somewhere else, but make your stand and get to one of those floors
Good luck with your decision and ask away if you have any other questions!
I brought all my x-rays with me and that was good enough for them. The only thing that CC had to do was the defography as it was not available where I live. I had to make 2 trips out. One to meet the doctor, review the options, the explanations and what to expect. Then I returned to have the surgery. On the first visit, even though Dr Geisler was running late, He spent over an hour with my husband and I explaining and answering all questions.
I don't know where you live but if you have to fly, check with the airlines, some like US airline provide for medical discounts. You would have to provide them with your patient number from CC and they call there to verify that you have an appt. When my husband had surgery at CC for bilateral kidney cancer, that's what they did for us...and it greatly reduced our out of pocket expenses as we had to make 5 trips out there from New York.
There are several hotels on campus...a little pricey but we found the cleveland clinic guest house to be nice.
They can assign you someone who will coordinate your appointments, hotels and travel if you should need.
As far as I know,they took all my colon. But it is not unusual to leave a few inches of colon. What does her surgeon say about the infrequent BM's and pain. What about her diet.