Oh, lord, your husband's story sounds somewhat like mine.
SHORT form of mine: 2005 for reasons still unknown, I started having issues with incomplete rectal emtpying during some bowel moves necessitating return to toilet. Unknown to me at the time, the defecogram scan I had had been misread by a resident identifying sigmoidocele (sigmoid colon internally herniating and closing off top of rectum.)
What I really had was just a loop of small intestine that descended only after I had passed the contrast, so even this was not the cause of my issue. Did not get scan reread until 2008-2009. Did not know pre-op that only a resident read this scan. Surgery based on the scan was removal of sigmoid colon per 3 colon docs. The docs I went to did that then far exceeded consent and did numerous internal organ prolapse surgeries for prolapses I did not have. (NOT normal medicine being practiced here. Not told of their numerous other law suits thought I checked with our state med board prior to going to these docs.)
RESULT: Severe stricture at the anastomosis where my rectum and descending colon were joined. It's thought that compromised blood supply in the area due to all the procedures done on me were the cause. That doc just said pass stool through the area to auto-dilate. That did not work. 2 weeks post surgery my colon closed into a diameter of only 4 millimeters, the diameter of a pencil. 2 dilations by another doc who tried to help did return that area of my colon to almost its original diameter, but what nobody realized at that time was the walls of my colon had turned to scar tissue and were no longer muscular to push poop along.
Then over 4 months, the scarring within the walls of my colon spread along a 4 inch segment of my colon proximal to the anastomosis. THEN severely dense scar tissue formed on the end of my small intestine giving me 7 months of small bowel obstructions. I was given no TPN and had to see 11 docs at 7 medical centers across the US before full extent of the issue was found. THEN finding someone to deal with this was a real trick as no doc wants to deal with damage caused by another. PLUS, it is very hard getting small bowel out of concrete like adhesions.
So 13 months from the date of what turned out to be the unneeded surgery, was my lysis of small bowel adhesions and ileostomy surgery. LONG post-op ileus, but thankfully since then OK. It's been 3 and a half years. BUT I will always be at risk for adhesion reobstruction. BUT I've been traveling and enjoying life figuring it may not last forever.
So like your husband, I had no pathology or disease originally. This is what makes our cases so sad in their own way. They were created at the hands of others.
I would say, look around for a colorectal surgeon who either works with or consults with a plastic surgeon on this whole adhesion issue. I am pretty sure the surgeon who assisted at my lysis and ileo surgery was a plastic surgeon. I looked the person up after the fact and they came up as a plastic surgeon in that area.
BEST wishes to your hubby and to you. Been there. Rosemary
I had an adhesion barrier Seprafilm put in me by my ileo surgeon. It is thought to retard the growth of new adhesions. Celebrex experiement had come out at that time done by Dr. Puder at Children's Hospital in Boston. I had asked about
taking Celebrex just before and for 10 days post surgery as the mice in the experiment were given and developed NO adhesions. BUT I was told no because this was not yet fda approved for this. Plus it had been taken off the market even for arthritis treatment due to heart effects. PLUS, it is aspirin related, so can cause post-op bleeding. BUT wouldn't it be a miracle if some scientist did pioneer some pill to take post surgery to make NO adhesions come! That is my and other people's dream.
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