i was sorry to read about
all the difficulties you've been through for so many yrs. you're facing now a big surgery and hopefully this surgery will give you your life back. some ppl who had this surgery had the best outcome and their results couldn't be better, but everyone is different, so you must understand that after surgery things still may not be perfect, though i really wish you to be one of those that it worked the best for them.
i'm a 36 yr old female and i too suffered with CI since i was 20 yrs old. i came a long way till the drs finally realized that it's not just constipation, but much more than that.
i had a total colectomy last August. they removed my entire colon, except for 20 cm from the anus up (rectum) and attached the ileum (end of small intestine) to my rectum - no bag. my outcome is not so good, but pls know that it doesn't mean yours won't be good. we can't predict what the outcome will be for anyone, but still, even so my outcome is not as i hoped for, i still feel much much better than before the surgery.
at the first month post op i went about
20 times a day to the b/r and had great relief. unfotunately i also have pelvic floor dysfunction and that bothers me a lot. i've slowed down to 4-5 tiny bms a day. i can only eat a soft-liquid diet. if i eat bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, cornflakes etc. i get exremely constipated. i scared that i may have a slow small intestine. i need to go back to the dr and have some tests done and be reavluated. need to see why i'm still having so much trouble to go.
did you have a defecography test? it's a test in which they fill your rectum with barium and also give you barium to drink. then about
30 min later i think they tell you to sit on a toilet like sit and try to evacuate the barium. while you do that they take x rays and can see if your rectum is functioning o.k or not.
also, did you have the colonic transit time test? in this test the let you swollow a capsule with 24 tiny rings that can be shown on an x ray. then they take x rays every few days to see how far this markers gone through your system. if the markers hasn't left your system within 5 days, it is considered abnormal.
i think that in any case you will benefit from this surgery a lot. even so i still have constipation issues, i still feel SO much better than before surgery, so i really think you're doing the right thing.
you can also join us at the "total colectomy part 31" and talk to more women with the same condition as yours.
i'd be glad to help you with any other questions you may have.
i wish you the very best with your upcoming surgery, may it be most successful!!
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis