Final (hopefully) visit with surgeon

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   Posted 3/8/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
     Went to the surgeon today.  In November he said "see you in three months" because I was still having some "issues".  Everything is A-OK.  I still have a bit of mucus but he said that will eventually cease altogether.  He asked if I were happy that I had the operation and my response..."Boy, am I ever!!!"  He was very glad to see me so healthy.  I have, what he called a skin flap, on the outside of the anus. I thought it was a hemmie as it itches at times.  He gave me a sample of Calmoseptine ointment.
     I thank God every day that I found Dr. Fry online.

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   Posted 3/8/2011 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
How great, Christine! So are you appointment free now as long as you don't have any more issues? That has to feel awesome. :-)
UC dx 2/08

Done with the drugs. Step 1 (of 3) J-pouch surgery scheduled 3/22/11

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   Posted 3/8/2011 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
That is wonderful!!!
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step will be in April! So done with this disease.

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   Posted 3/8/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you !!!
22 year old developmentally delayed son with ileo since 2008
Dx'd with UC 2007

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   Posted 3/8/2011 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
     Yes, I am appointment free.  I had the surgery June 28th and did have some complications post op...nothing major. 
     I have sooo much faith in my surgeon.  He is super cautious.  Anyone in the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend Dr. Fry of Univ. of Pa. Hospital.

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   Posted 3/10/2011 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
great news!
64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.

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   Posted 3/16/2011 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Yippee Christine! Feels great, doesn't it? I just had my last surgeon appointment this afternoon (if all continues to go well)! My abdominal incision wound is finally all closed up and my stoma is functioning perfectly. My surgeon also gave me the go-ahead to slowly get back into my favorite outdoor activities again (except climbing for now). He even told me I should try to squeeze in an easy snowboarding day before the season comes to a close. I was amazed!

I feel like I have fledged from the nest:) I have gone through several complications and have seen my surgeon every 2-3 weeks for the past four months. My husband and I have called him countless times with questions during anxious times. Now I am on my own again. It is scary and exhilarating at the same time. Of course I can still call my surgeon or wound care nurse at any time, but it is a strange feeling to be "done" and moving on in my life with an ostomy.
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 infusion of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

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   Posted 3/16/2011 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
YAY Christine, that is great news. i also don't need to see any dr and after so many yrs of drs, tests, treatments etc, i can say it feels SO great to be free of all that! :))
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy
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