You need the whole colon removed - i begged my surgeon to leave me even just a few inches of bowel (cause i was scared about incontinence) but he said in his experience (he is the professor and an expert in the field of colonic inertia) leaving even a little of a malfunctioning bowel does not give satisfactory results and why leave something in there that dont work.
i had an ileostomy for 18 months following which was fantastic cause i got a chance to enjoy normal life again and felt great with no pain etc. my tummy was also flat as a pancake too (unless i pigged out).
You do feel your ileostomy working sometimes but you get used to it its no big deal.
however i had the reversal about just over a month ago and having constipation issues immediately - prune juice twice a day helps but i can go from being watery to little blobs wihtin an hour - and i am 'feeling' constipated again with al the usual tummy discomfort and sore butt and all....dont leave it a year go get right will you... life is too short for living in misery.
Karen 48 years old
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic Floor repair
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction/diagnosed slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection-partial volvulus resulting in worsening of colonic inertia (cleared obstruction though)
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy
23 Sept 2010: Ileostomy reversal
Post Edited (2much2bear) : 10/25/2010 11:21:13 AM (GMT-6)