Questions for surgeon before colectomy?

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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an appt. tomorrow with the colon surgeon to discuss going ahead with rectocele surgery and colectomy.  I have colon inertia with a large rectocele and pelvic floor dysfunction, and have tried biofeedback for 3 months, with no success.  I'm not sure I want the rectocele surgery; I don't know of anyone who has been helped by it. 
Is there anything in particular I should ask the surgeon about either of these surgeries?  I know he prefers lap. vs. open, but other than that, we haven't discussed anything else.  If anyone has any suggestions for questions, I'd really appreciate it!

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   Posted 8/25/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I made a list of questions that I plan on asking the surgeon when I meet with one some day, maybe it will help you:

-How many of these procedures have you performed? about how many were laparascopic?

-Do you think I would be a candidate for laparascopic surgery?

-Could you show me what the scars would look like and where the stoma would likely be placed?

-Is there anything that can be done to help minimize adhesions and scar tissue?

-What are the actual risks of infertility and do you take any special steps to protect female patients further?

-What about the risk of incontinence?

-How can hernias be reduced after surgery and have you found that they are a common problem?

-Is it possible to have an epidural put in place after being put under anesthesia? I hear it is the best method of controlling post-op pain but the thought of anyone sticking anything in my spine really freaks me out, more than the idea of major abdominal surgery.

-When do you think I could return to work and what will my restrictions/limitations be?

-Where do you get ostomy supplies at? Are they covered by insurance?

-What are some other important things you feel I should know?

Good luck!!

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) for 8 years so far; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use....

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Lialda 2 pills a day, Rowasa enemas nightly


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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much!  I'll add the questions I didn't have to my list!
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