Considering having my colon removed

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi everyone –

I’m new at this and am hoping to give informed answers as well as receive them regarding colonic inertia. I am a 52 year old lady who is considering having my colon removed. My constipation began when I started taking medications for chronic pain/fibromyalgia about 24 years ago.

I’ve seen 2 colon surgeons who both think surgery (laproscopic) is warranted. One would remove my entire colon and join my small bowel to my rectum. The other one (who has much more experience) would leave 6 – 8 inches of my sigmoid colon. Does anyone know which of these is most often done for colonic inertia? Is one more effective than the other?

In addition, the one taking my entire colon would join the small bowel to the rectum at a right angle. The other one would attach the small bowel going straight down into the sigmoid colon. Does anyone know which of these techniques is best? It seems like going straight down would be but I’m not sure.

Thanks much!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 2/19/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Savannah, please join us on total colectomy part 32. There are several women who have had subtotal colectomies or total colectomies. I also have colonic inertia, but have not had any surgery as of yet. I am sure you will get many responses if you post at total colectomy part 32.
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