I answered your post on the ostomy site about the subtotal but I will give the info here too so others can see it. I had an open subtotal last July for colonic interia. My colon had dropped way down and stretched as well as had many strictures in it. I took 4 capfuls of miralax, 4 tablespoons of lactulose and 2 amitizas every day a would only produce pellet like bms every 2 weeks. After 5 different GI drs I finally found one that figured out what needed to be done and he recommeded the colectomy.
My surgery was open due to so many previous abdominal surgeries but it can be done laparoscially. I was in the hospital for 5 days, had NO complications and went back to work in 6 weeks. When I first had the surgery I had very frequent bms, 20+ a day but I was always able to control them; I just knew where every bathroom was. By the 6th week I was down to 8-10 bms a day, it took 9 mos for my system to adjust to 2-3 a day. I am still on the low residue diet that they put you on when you first have the surgery because it took my body so long to adjust and whenever I would try one of the fiber foods I would have severe diarrhea.
I tried to take metamucil and imodium to slow things down but they stopped things altogether so my dr wouldn't let me take them that's why I remain on the low residue diet.
It can be a difficult surgery but if you have had abdominal surgeries before it isn't too bad. The most important thing is to let your body heal and try not to do things too quickly. Even though I went back to work after 6 weeks, it took months for my strenth to come back and for me to really feel good.
As with any surgery there can be risks and complications but I personally did not have any and I am usually one that always has something go wrong. I have never regretted having this surgery and am always getting compliments on how healthy I look now, even from other drs.
I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from constipation; I didn't realize how sick I was until I had this surgery.
If you have any questions I will gladly get back to you.
I wish you the best,
spleen/appendix/gall bladder removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)