Your experience with total colectomy with ileo-rectal anastomosis? (No Bag)

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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 2/26/2011 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I know a lot of people on this board have had total colectomies "ileo" style, with the bag. But I was looking to hear some experiences from so people that had the ileo-rectal anastomosis.

What were your conditions like before surgery?
How long ago did you have the surgery?
How did your surgery go? Any complications?
How long were you in the hospital for? How long out of work?
How did your recovery go?
Are you glad you did it? Would you have changed anything?

I just have so many questions, and I don't know anybody who has had this done before, so any insight would be helpful!! confused

Thank you!!

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 2/26/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Is the ileo rectal anastamosis where the hook the intestine straight to the rectum, and no j pouch?

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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 2/26/2011 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it would be a direct connect from the small intestine to the top of the rectum.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 2/26/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Beautiful,

This is Judy, I posted a reply to you on Looking for advice for Total Colectomy that I think answers most of your questions. I will briefly answer these questions then if you want you can always email me for more info just clickon the first icon for the address.

1. I had years of severe constipation but didn't really know it wasn't normal until my new husband asked me what was wrong with me bc I didn't go to the br everyday.  I said there was something wrong with him bc he did lol (and yes I'm a very educated woman so it wasn't bc I didn't have much going on upstairs lol) anyway- I would go about once evry 2 weeks then it would be a real struggle then I started having gi issues (pancreatitis) so with the testing a gi tried to do a colonoscopy and the prep took 10 days to go through my system & thats when I was diagnosed with severe IBS-C and put on the miralax & lactulose.  This helped for a little while, then amitiza was added which helped for awhile then eventually (a period of 2 yrs) my bms were pellet like every 2-3 weeks with a the meds.  Thats when the gi said no more meds its time to get rid of the colon!

2. Surgery: 7/17/08

3. Surgery went GREAT!!!! open surgery w/ NO complications at ALLLLLL:)

4. In hospital for 5 days. Out of work for 6 weeks to the day.

5. Recovery went well but I REALLY followed the rules for this surgery. I had all the groceries I needed ahead of time, I hired someone to clean my house for a month, I didn't lift or really do anything but walk and let my body HEAL bc I  NEEDED to be to work in 6 weeks.

6. Recovery was easy for me bc I'd had so many abdominal surgeries so the actual cutting part of it wasn't a big deal; I could move around easily.  I slept with a pillow tucked around my stomach for a long time which made it feel better at night.  Your appetite takes a long time to get back but you will slowly discover what you can eat and what helps you to feel good.  In the beginning I basically ate peanut butter & toast, applesauce, turkey sandwich, grilled cheese & soup for quite a while.  You basically just rest, walk and go to the bathroom a lot.  So it's not too bad.

7. It's the BEST thing I ever did & I wouldn't change a thing!!!!!!

Hope this helps:)


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