It depends on the percentage of the colon that they are taking out...last year they took 50% of my daughters colon out...but left all the rectum,so they called it a sub total. On 6/5/08 thet took the rest of her colon,most of her rectum,and even a small part of her small intestine,and they called it a total... She has nothing of her colon left at all. They conected her small intestine directly to what was left of her rectum. we are still in the hospital now and I just asked her nurse the difference between the both ,and she said it is based on the % that they are taking out...and some doctors have a little different %,and call it one of the two...hope this helps !!
You will be in my prayers for your s/x and recovery !!!
Krista and Takera