facing partial colectomy, what can I expect???

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/19/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hi all, give you my story in the "readers digest" version.  I am a 41, was perfectly health male until a few years ago when I started devoloping severe, chronic painful constipation out of the blue.  After 2 bazzilion test, had the M.A.C.E procedure performed, everything went well, for awhile. Started having pain again, went to Mayo, had a diagnosis of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction with slow colonic transit. Went thru 3 months of biofeedback, to no avail. I had a Colostomy done 3 weeks ago and I have not had one single bowel movement into the bag. Now they are goin gto do a partial Colectomy next week and hook up back to the rectum. At this point, I dont care what they do, as long as it takes the pain away.
 Im justt curious as what to expect in the weeks following this. Is it like having a bad case of the runs??? Always looking for a bathroom? Or is the urge controlable?? I have been off work for 3 weeks now, and it looks like I will be off alot more. How long is the heal up time?? Any positive insight would be appreciated!!!!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 10/20/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a total colectomy with a permanent ileostomy, so I wish I could help. Hopefully, someone will chime in soon!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 470
   Posted 10/21/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi beedo,

Welcome to the site!  Do you know how much of the colon you are having removed?  I had a subtotal colectomy in July.  It was an open surgery although some drs. do laparoscopy.  You can expect about 5 days in the hospital w/ a possible NG tube for a couple of days.  My dr gave me an epidural after my surgery for pain instead of a pain pump because a pump slows down your intestines.  In the beginning I went to the bathroom between 15-25 times a day.  It wasn't uncontrollable but when I ate I would need to use the bathroom shortly thereafter.  Now, 3 mos. later I still go between 5-10 times a day.  I am still on a low residue/fiber diet and I am still trying to figure out what foods work best for my system.  I have food sensitivities but they were there before the surgery so that just adds to the equation.  You have control but you definitely know where every bathroom is.  It's a difficult surgery but I went back to work full-time 6 weeks after my surgery; I was a little tired at first but I'm doing pretty well now.  There isn't a day that I regret having this done and everyone tells me how good and healthy I look now, even some drs. that I've seen for other appointments.  if you have any other questions, you can email me at jls1814@yahoo.com.  I wish you the very best.  You will be in my prayers.

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