Crohn's and Total Colectomy

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   Posted 12/26/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   

about a year ago, my husband had a partial colectomy due to a perforation relating to his crohn's disease.  We're considering having another surgery to remove his entire colon and HOPEFULLY be done with this awful disease.  Although he has Crohn's all of his symptoms have always been in his colon.  He's never had any issues with his small intestine or stomach. 


For people who have had a total colectomy, did the disease go away?  Or did it begin to attack your small intestine as well?


I know the disease is very individual, and we plan to ask him GI and surgeon, but I thought it would be nice to get some opinions from people who have already been through it. 



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   Posted 12/26/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
If he is dx'ed with Crohn's then I would not go on the assumption that the surgery will rid him of the disease, unfortunately.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

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   Posted 12/26/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I have Crohn's in the colon only as well.  I haven't needed surgery, but my understanding is that the disease can go anywhere in the GI tract from the tippy top to the final end.  If the colon is removed, it can go elsewhere, but I would still get the surgery so you can feel better.  First things first.

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   Posted 12/26/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
if you go by the assumption that CD is infectious (ie from mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis, E. Coli, or something else), it seems like you would probably get drastic improvement by removing the colon. you are removing the nidus of bacterial infestation, which is the source of migration into the small intestine. i wish you good luck
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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
There are no absolutes with any disease. Good luck.
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   Posted 12/27/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Crohns has no cure, not even thru surgery. Crohns can appear anywhere from the mouth to anus. Usually the Crohns reappears at the reconnection site. I have had this darn disease for almost 35 yrs, had 2 bowel resections, and still have Crohns Disease. can help you to get feeling better. Good luck!
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   Posted 12/28/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Here's my take since I'm in a similar boat- though I havent had any surgery yet. Yes, the disease can reappear anywhere but the there's no reason to believe the chances of it showing up somewhere else wouldn't be the same if you didn't have the colectomy.
Laurenne, 25 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002. Three abscesses that are now fistulas, with three setons!
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Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction

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