I'm happy to have found a recent thread, I have been looking for one for awhile and have only found old posts.
I am finally having my total colectomy for colonic inertia this Tuesday 1/18/11. The plan is to do an ileorectal anastomosis. I would love to hear from others who have had this surgery regarding what to expect during recovery and so forth. I had a subtotal colectomy, temporary colostomy, and colostomy take down in 2007 so I've been through something similar before. But, I don't know what life is like with NO colon; I just know life with one that doesn't work.
Can you return to a normal diet fairly quickly? My surgeon said I shouldn't have any dietary restrictions. I'm a little concerned because I've read a few posts here previously where people said they had to limit vegetables, fruit, and fiber. My diet consists of lots of nuts, whey protein shakes, meat, fish, poultry, veggies, a little fruit, plain yogurt and a little cheese. I don't eat most of the food people have said they can tolerate. Any new input will be appreciated. I'm sure everyone is different but I'm wondering if there are commonalities among those who've had this surgery.
My other concern is frequency of bowel movements. I've had to travel from Colorado to California for my surgery and the plan is to return (fly) home about 3 1/2 weeks after surgery. I'm hoping the frequency will be slowing down by then. My surgeon said I might be going about 8 times a day at first. Is that about what you all have experienced?
How soon have those of you who work returned to work? I bounced back quickly after my previous surgeries but want to return to work ASAP. (I've got a lot medical bills to pay off!) Did any of you walk a lot while in the hospital or during recovery at home? I walked a lot while in the hospital previously and when I got back home, I think that sped up recovery. I was even up walking within hours after my surgeries. That is my goal again this time.
Any and all replies are greatly appreciated!