What does it feel like to not have a colon?

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   Posted 8/19/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had UC for 28 years and because of recent findings from my last colonoscopy, have been strongly advised by my G.I. to have surgery. I am just wondering what it feels like to not have a colon inside you. It is a rather large organ and you would think that there would be a hollow feeling once it is gone. This might be a rather silly question, but of all the colectomy questions that I have this one seems to concern me the most. Thanks for any input you have.

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   Posted 8/19/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I honestly don't notice any difference. Of course your abdomen will be really sore for a few weeks after the surgery, but now that I'm on week six I feel relatively normal even though I'm missing 80% of my colon.

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   Posted 8/19/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
No difference here either and it's been 8 years.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 8/19/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
the area where your colon once was quickly heals over after colectomy, so it is not hollow. feels great, actually.

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   Posted 8/19/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   


If you read my signature, I have had several major organs removed.  I honestly did not feel any different after any of the surgeries, there was no empty feeling, the other organs just adjust to take up the empty space.

I hope this makes you feel a little more comfortable about the whole thing.  I wish you the very best and just want you to know that although I didn't have mine removed from UC, it was the BEST decision that I ever made; I am so healthy now and have never felt better!!!!


spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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   Posted 8/19/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to add that I feel about 100 times better after having the surgery. Having to deal with an ileostomy is a little inconvenient, but is well worth it considering how much healthier I feel now.

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   Posted 8/19/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. I feel better knowing that there will not be a hollow feeling. I am excited to have the surgery and live my life relatively medication free and I am excited about taking my life back.

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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
your colon really isnt that big when it isnt full of poo, so you dont feel hollow, just healthy!

Its a little weird to think sometimes that im missing a whole part, well actually a couple of parts, but its so worth it!

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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
i do have a bit of indentation below belly button - but nothing major
Karen - 47 yrs young!
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy - awaiting reversal ..hohum..

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   Posted 8/21/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I feel without a colon is... GREAT!! I'm glad you're looking forward to a new life that's UC and medicine-free!! smilewinkgrin
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 8/21/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
How long does it take for a hematoma to go away?
Dx in 2001 with UC. treated with asocol, prednisone, and rowasa. Cleared up with no problems until 2007. Flared for 2 years. Used colozol and prednisone continually while adding imuran, 6MP, rowasa. None worked. Remicade was my next option. Decided against it and had a total collectomy on June 22. Planned j pouch in September.

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   Posted 8/22/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually had that concern/question too b4 I had surgery! LOL!
I can't feel it NOT in there, but I could feel the pain with it in there. Make sense?
It feels sooo much better with it gone, b/c I don't feel the constant cramping.
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; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

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