Posted 4/4/2011 4:39 PM (GMT -6)
Welcome back. There's a risk of death with any procedure. However, as you are still suffering after all this time; I remember you posting last year, you really should look into doing something about this. Many people on here have had their colons removed due to Colonic Inertia if this is what you have.
Here are the tests that can be done to figure out your issue: Sitzmark transit study to confirm or rule out colonic inertia; this also tests small bowel transit. Rectal manometry, balloon capacity and compliance and balloon evacuation and defecography rule out pelvic floor issues or anorectum disorders. Pudental nerve terminal latency tests to see if there is anything wrong with the nerves in your anorectum. Google the article: Physiological Testing of the Colon, Rectum and Anus written as info for the IFFGD by Dr. Bruce Okin gives a great summary of the tests needed to determine cause and cure for constipation.
If you have no pelvic floor issues and your small intestine is normal, and the colon is the problem, they can remove the colon and hook the small intestine to the top of the rectum. Someone who goes by the name Boatnerj just had this done and he is still living. Having a minor set back but is alive and well. If done laporoscopically, then this should minimize internal scarring (adhesions) and you might just get a great result.
BUT before you do anything, find a very knowledgeable colorectal surgeon and GI doc to do ALL the needed testing. Good luck. Rosemary