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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/8/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
What's it like after getting surgery? How many times do you go to the bathroom? Is your stools solid? What is there to expect besides being UC free? How normal of a life do you have?

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 788
   Posted 2/8/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Which surgery are you referring to?
J-pouch, ileoanal pull through?, colostomy, ileostomy, or something else?
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 2/9/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a permanent ileostomy and live a completely healthy, normal life.

I only go to the bathroom when I feel like I have to pee and then empty the pouch at the same time.

Expect to be healthy and have lots of energy! :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

Equestrian Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Ditto to diagnosis is Crohn's, but I have been happy AND healthy! There is always an adjustment period after surgery, but everyday is better than the last:)

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
J-pouch. My doctors put me on Imuran and Prednisone for now though.
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