i had CI and had the surgery on Aug 16 of this yr. they removed my whole colon, but leaving the rectum and attached my small intestine to the rectum. as far as the healing proccess, it did take time, but after about
6 weeks i felt 100% better, didn't need pain meds at all and felt i was back to my normal self.
the surgery did improve things for me, but it's not a magical cure. i still have issues with constipation, cuz my pelvic is not functioning right. i still need to go through another series of tests to find out why exactly i'm still constipated. i'm very limited with what i can eat, but still it's much better than before surgery. before surgery i couldn't eat anything. at least now some foods are o.k for me.
the only reason why this surgery wasn't a huge success for me like it was for some, is b/c i waited too long, for yrs, and all of this waiting caused further damage to my pelvic floor.
as Rorsemary said, you must evaluate your pelvic floor, so you can know that when the stools reaches the rectum in a reasonable period of time, it can be evacuated.
defecography and manometry are the 2 tests to show the abbility of the rectum to evacuate.
i wish you all the best!
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis