I am not sure if it is a colectomy or ileostomy. Sorry, but it is the removal of all, for ulcerative colitis.
Thanks for the support and info. I do so appreciate your posts. I sometimes feel like I am going to _____ or get off the pot like my Momma used to say. Someday I will have to make up my mind weather that colon stays or goes. I was ready 2 days ago and not ready today. What is wrong with me? I have been out of the hospital a couple days now and so since the day was totally beautiful, I decided to go up to the gothic church where my son is to be married in July, and go over the contract with the event coordinator. I felt better to be in fresh air and the college campus where this church is, is gorgeous, and overlooks the river. Anyway I went to the office and they took me and we went to an office and they shut the door and told me that I had better get ready for bad news. ( reminded me of the doctor) They said that they were cancelling all the weddings for next summer, due to problems with the old church and water. I couldn't believe it, and wondered if I was just having some sort of prednisone induced hallucination. But no, it is real. The kids are having 250 people, and they have a signed contract etc. But now they have no place to get married. I spent the rest of the morning going to all the churches in the area and met my hubby for lunch. I had already made up the flowers and garlands, and things that were all in the gothic style. Each nook and cranny and stairway and alcove has something to put in it. All are in my basement. I guess I will have a heck of a garage sale. I thought I was going to get the jump on things, oh well. Now I'm pooped, literally, and so tonight the groomzilla and the bridezilla are coming over and we will have to find a plan B. Most of the churches are booked up and some won't marry you unless you are a member. Time for a nap, thanks again. Hopeso
I am one of the ladys from the total colectomy thread. We all go out our bottoms, not thru a bag. I had a general surgeon do my laprascopic surgery in June. He did a great job. I did not have UC and I can't recall any others that did. We had the surgery because we failed to have bowel movments and depended on laxatives for relief. Kinda like how your depending on medications.
If you have anymore questions, I will try to answer. What part of the country are you in?
Just thought I'd tell ya the results I had from the hydrogen....magnificent!!!!!!!! It really did work, and I thank you so much for the info!
Hopeso....Again I say, it's all about who you prefer for your Doctor, a general surgeon CAN and will do as good of job as a colon surgeon IF he has the skills. These are questions YOU would have to ask him/her. Doing your homework is a great idea. As for your husband, yea, he might have a damaged colon from years of laxative use...a colonoscopy could tell him that. And, not everyone who has total colectomy surgery has a J-pouch, or ileostomy, some people are just connected with a few inches of colon left, causing multiple bowel movements that decress with time. It just depends on the severity, and the medical needs of the individual. Hope this helps a little!
I do not have a j pouch and I have a rectum. I have about 6" of large intestine left in me has a "holding tank" per my surgeon. My surgeon does not to pouches but treats many that do. It seems they get whats called "pouchitis". Not sure what it is, but from what my surgeon says, it's not good and it can be very frequent.
For your husband I would advise you read the other site here I frequent "total colectomy". There are many tests that we had to endure to determine our eligibilty for surgery. I would suggest your husband go that route if you really say he has a problem. I would then seek out a doctor that specailizes in gastric disorders including constipation. He can then set him up with all the tests.
Post Edited (KellyIA) : 10/10/2005 7:05:45 AM (GMT-6)
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I'm so glad to hear from you again and that you are well on the mend. Now you can get on with your life!