Well, my bad then. The least I can do is keep this topic near the top of the list. My apologies.
You could also retitle the topic, asking past surgical patients if they'd do it over again, if they had a choice.
I don't quite fall into the category you're referring to - I had the lower part of my colon taken out due to rectal cancer. And I have never been the same since. For those of us that spend lots of time in the bathroom each day (I'm in that group), yes we do tend to be negative. And are very reluctant to have more surgery. I flat out refuse any more surgery, I've been told by 3 doctors that I could have had 1 of 3 approaches - the sigmoid removal approach, 15 inches of my colon removed, etc. I had. A j-pouch and the third would be an option now - an inverted colostomy, that I would irrigate once a day.
I guess if I had to give you any advice is do what you've done already - research, ask questions, get yourself ready for surgery in a healthy position as possible (good food, vitamins, exercise) - and possibly a second opinion. I probably should have had a second opinion (although I did have an excellent surgeon, I just have no where internally for stool to collect). I think the placement of my tumor presented a challenge to my surgeon. If it had been much higher in the GI tract I probably wouldn't even need this forum or suggestions. I'd be back to normal (whatever that is!).
I do wish you well with your surgery.
The ostomy forum here is very helpful. You could try posting your questions over there too.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!