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   Posted 8/24/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this board and i just want to introduce myself. I am a 29 year old female, who had just go a total colectomy for a slow transit constipation due to a "dead" not working colon. I had just gotten the surgery on August 7th 2008. I also Had a rectal prolapse surgery back in Dec. of 2006. Both my colectomy and my rectal surgeries were done laproscopically. For the rectal surgery I was in hospital for 7 days. For the colectomy I was in hospital only 4 days. I am here to get help to understand what goes on in life after a colectomy and I also like to learn on how the colectomy can affect my physical health as well. I am still recovering physically, but I am eating a regular diet now, for about a couple of weeks. I have lost weight since surgery. Before surgey I could not eat anything for about 2 months because my constipation was so bad. I went down to about 115 lbs. Then when I had the surgery, because i was so thin, my surgeon put some air in me to make my stomach bigger, so he can do the surgery and with that my weight went to 125lbs. Then after I started moving again, I have lost 15lbs. in two weeks, and now down to 110 lbs. again. I am glad that I have found this forum. I hope to enjoy hearing from you. 

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   Posted 8/25/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
hi psygirl....welcome to the forum...i havent had a colectomy but i had my ileostomy done i just wanted to say welcome and dont b afraid to post and reply, believe it or not, ur now in the position to be a great help to those who will have to go thru what uv already been thru! welcome again!
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting has been my Godsend...Thank you

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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you for the welcome. I am very glad that I have found this board. After looking at it, I felt this is the best supportive board for me. I am glad to have this board available.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
weclome to the site!  i havent' had the same surgery as you but i am always willing to listen!

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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
i had a colectomy in june and i am new to this also. so i am curious about that as well. welcome to this site. i am wondering about the rectum surgery. why did you have that done. i have problems with that also and i think i will end up with surgery on that. haveing very stabbing pain in the rectum and also have to push the bms out manually and it is awful. please fill me in as to why they did it and how awful was the surgery and also how much better are you now after surgery

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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Is rectal prolapse surgery the same as rectocele surgery?  My doctor wants to perform the STARR procedure on me, but I haven't found anyone who had success with it.  I have an appt. with the surgeon tomorrow and hopefully I'll have some answers! 

Mommyphotographer,The colectomy surgery wasn't successful?  You still have trouble going?  That has to be so discouraging.  What does your Dr. say?  Do you have a rectocele?  Are you able to go at all without taking laxatives or enemas?


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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   

I also get stabbing pains in the rectum but i dont have a rectal prolapse - i did have what was called mucosal prolapse which is very hard to diagnose (well in my case anyway). 

Before diagnosis i had a pelvic floor repair(rectocele and cystocele - which is what they call it - this is when the walls of the vagina have become weak and allow the rectum and bladder respectively to bulge into the vaginal walls).  A rectocele can cause problems with rectal function etc. but lots of women have them and no obvious bowel probs. The usual symptom is the feeling of obstruction as in my case.

Janie - the STARR op didnt help me as the diagnosis wansnt complete. The STARR got rid of the excess rectal tissue inside the rectum, but again, i still had issues with obstruction as they failed to diagnose a small piece of twisted sigmoid, plus slow transit constipation until after the STARR eyes !!! In fact the volvulus wasnt confirmed until 2007.  (after me screaming for more tests via another consultant). Resection caused colonic inertia.

Therefore i have concluded that there are more often than not many issues going on surrounding bowel problems, that is why we must get these doctors to look into every possible GI function.(wish i had done so looong ago - we are so vulnerable) it is no good fixing one problem if something else has been overlooked, as the result will be that we dont get better!.

1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome.  Also diagnosed with slow transit
2007: No difference. Had MRI scan showing a partial volvulus 
2007: Therefore surgeon recommended a sigmoid resection which resulted in immediate colonic inertia
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  In discomfort/pain most days.
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - but looking to have surgery before end of year hopefully

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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the welcome. I am glad to be here. The rectal surgery I had because I had a rectal prolapse. I had it done in Dec. 2006.With my rectal prolapse is because everytime I had a BM, my rectum cam out of my anus full blown to where it came out and hung out of my butt. It was very scary. Everytime it came out I had to manually put it back in, but sometimes, i did not do it right. I was lucky and had contacted my colon surgery within a week of this happening. and within a few days I was in surgery. That was also good because I had to go to the doctor to get cathered because I could not even urinate, because the rectal prolapse was so bad, it would come out when I urinated, as well. During the surgery,which I had done laprascopically, they just attached, and tied the original rectum back to the anus, so I did not have any special attachments are extra parts. I was in the hospital for a week, because I had to be cathered and could not eat, to make sure the rectum would not fall apart. During that surgery, they also took some sigmoid colon because I had 18 inches worth of extra sigmoid colon, which they did not know why at the time. This happened a couple of years ago, and this was before my slow transit constipation gotten worse, so at the time, I did not know hat was to happen to me in 2008. I thought that was the last of my colon problems, but as it ended up, to make a long story short, constipation gotten worse, but not because of the surgery, but due to other problems, and I ened up having a total colectomy.
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