I was referred to this site from the Crohn's board. (thank you!)
In a nutshell, I have had Crohn's since I was 13 (I am now 38). In the last five years I've developed an anal stricture, in the last few months it's been causing some continence issues and occasional difficulty passing stool. My gastro did a balloon dilation of the site during my yearly colonscopy in March, then did another dilation in early July via a Sigmoidoscopy.
At that time he referred me to a surgeon to discuss "options", well the surgeon told me that I had a fixed stricture and that dilation would have no long term benefits as the stricture would just reassert itself, and essentially the only real option was a colostomy. I did have a bowel resection at 17 and lost about 1/3 of my colon, but my upper colon is fine, it's just this darn stricture. Surgeon said that I could keep my rectum and it would be possible that the colostomy would be temporary if the stricture healed, but my limited research indicates that the odds of reversal, while not miniscule, aren't really in my favor.
The other thing he mentioned was a laproscopic procedure.....so my questions are:
1. Has anyone had a colostomy due to anal stricture?
2. Has anyone had their procedure done laproscopically and could you tell me about it?
I just got this news last week and I'm still trying to get my mind around it..
Diagnosed at 13, am now 36. Bowel resection at 17 and two additional surgeries following bowel obstructions.
Gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on 9-21-2005 after being on Remicade.