Before I had my colon removed I kept wondering if I would physically feel that it was missing. After I woke up and the soreness from the incisions started going away I was actually kind of disappointed that I didn't feel any "emptier." I guess I wanted a little more confirmation that it was actually gone (as if being pain free isn't enough, right?) Well I've still been pondering this asnd poking and proding my abdomen to see if I can find any differences from before. So this may all be me making it up because I want it to be true, but when I feel around where my colon used to be it does feel a little indented and empty, especially right under my ribs. Also, when I lie on my side there's a deeper dent between my hips and ribs than there used to be. I'm just curious if anyone else noticed any "emptiness" or even thought about it.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008