I had my colon removed in February for CI. Overall, I feel so much better. No more pain and severe bloating. I am able to pass gas (something I rarely did before surgery). I will say, I am still very constipated. My small bowel was extensively tested before surgery (I had everything done at the Mayo Clinic), and I was told it was okay, but something obviously is wrong b/c I am still constipated. I am going back for tests soon. The pre-op prep is not bad, just drinking Go-lytely and the day of surgery a large water enema a nurse administered. The recovery was not too bad, mine was laparoscopic. I felt like hell the day of and day after, but after that things got better. I know I am unusual, and most people are not still constipated, but for some reason I am. But the constipation is not as bad as before, and it seems to be easier to manage than before surgery. I hope that for you, you do not have to keep dealing with the constipation. I had very high hopes that all of my GI problems would go away, but this one has not. All my food intolerances have gone away which has been amazing, I had soooooo many food intolerances before surgery. Just be positive and know that your quality of life will improve. I wish you the best of luck!
Sigmoid Resection due to sigmoidocele 3/07
Total Colectomy due to colonic inertia 2/08