Something you might want to consider before going for surgery is having anomanometry and defography testing done. I know...more tests. The reason I mention this is that I was in the same situation as you and had a subtotal colectomy in Sept. 2007 and I'm still the same as I was before surgery. Since then, I went to a new GI doc that specializes in motility disorders and these were two tests that he ordered. The anomanometry testing showed pelvic floor dysfunction, but it also showed denervation which means the nerves in my colon aren't working. This most likely happened during a colon resection that was done three years ago. My next test is the defography to see what type of pelvic floor dysfunction I'm dealing with before going to the next step. This was originally scheduled for the 29th of April, but I ended up having hernia surgery that day so it will need to be rescheduled.
Breast Cancer at 37; bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Colon resection 2004; Sub-Total colectomy September 2007 for colonic inertia - didn't work.
Son (HLA B27 positive) diagnosed with Crohn's at 17 (now 21). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups. Recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis - now on Humira.
Husband HLA B27 postive with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.