Colonic Inertia and Subtotal Colectomy

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/23/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
I am in the final stages of exams before my subtotal colectomy will be confirmed a scheduled.
I have completed a sitz marker test (failed), small bowel transit test, camera capsule, ct scan, mult blood tests, anorectal neurology exam, colonoscopy, and upper gi exam. Sitz marker showed markers spread out in large intestines. I have to complete the defectory and anorectal manometry exams in the next 2 wks, however surgeon says to prepare myself for surgery.
Here are my questions and concerns:
- open or lapro?
- electrolite issue afterwards?
- how many inches of large intestines should I keep?
- how common is gallbadder an issue?
- how much weight is usually initially lost after surgery?
- when should I expect to be active again/exercise

I'd appreciate any and all experiences, suggestions, and advice. I expect to have surgery in June 2010. Thank you!

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   Posted 5/24/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   

It maybe that some of those questions need to be answered by your doctor really.
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I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/24/2010 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I realize the severity of these questions, really. Of course, I have asked and have received answers through my doctor. I wanted to get some real life personal experiences from others that have had the surgery.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 5/24/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
YOu need to go to the ostomy forum, and check out Total Colectomy Part XX - there you'll find a bunch with experience to help you!
*** New Schdule Schedule July 26, 2010 **


Chronic Constipation - last 20+ yrs.
Stage lll Pelvic Floor Prolapse ( rectocele, rectal, vaginal, bladder) Rectopexy, Sacral Colpopexy, TVT Sling - 8+ hr surgery - March 2009
Constipation increased, could not move bowels without excessive straining or laxatives - March 2009
TVT Sling Released - April 2009
Redundant, Twisted, Prolapsed colon found - causing mechanical obstruction Oct. 2009
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis & Revised Rectopexy - Dec. 2009
Perineorrhaphy & Posterior Colporrhaphy (rectocele repair) - Dec. 2009
Today - using MiraLax daily,but still struggle to have a BM :(

** update: Surgery to fix rectocele and other pelvic issues 07/26/2010)**

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