Don't be sorry nene, I wondered the same thing even though I haven't had my surgery yet. When I tell people I'm having surgery they want to know what for - so I tell them! I think I'm going to start being more vague, because like you, I don't like the reaction I get.
When was your surgery?
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - 3/13/07
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Scheduled for Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!