My 18 year old son had a colectomy and j pouch built this last year. His major problem, along with his life being completely out of his control, was anemia. He had a Hb of 62, blood transfusions, could not tolerate iron tablets which made him bleed much worse, tried liquid Floridix which did not raise his levels, had weekly iron Venifer infusions for a couple of months and nothing was working. The anemia started to greatly affect his whole body. His resting heart rate was 110, his blood pressure was high, there was some issue starting to happen with his kidneys due to the high heart rate, he had constant terrible headaches and I really feel his memory was not as good as it had been.
They raised his Hb to 85 with blood transfusions for the surgeon to operate. Immediately after surgery he started to improve and just keep getting better and better.
We are now a year post his colectomy and every blood test comes back completely normal. His kidneys are functioning perfectly, the headaches are gone and his memory is fine. Surgery was a blessing for him!