Ok.. so after going round and round in circles and struggling for last 7 months with huge distention, bloating, constipation etc.. I finally get to see Doctor number 3. Had MRI scan last week and is showing a possible area of narrowing at the anastomosis.. surprise surprise! (although have had gastrograffin and nothing showing on there)
So much for the bacterial overgrowth theory of Doctor number 2.. ha.
So... next Wed I'm booked in for a colonoscopy with dilation of the colonic anastomosis. It's being done partly diagnostic and partly therapeutic to stretch the stricture. I'm assuming with a balloon? The Prof has already suggested he wants to go in and do more surgery and I don't know if he's doing this expecting it to work, or as a last ditch attempt before surgery or simply to find out more... probably a combination of it all!
What I'm wondering though, is will this work? or is it just going to buy me some time before another big operation? has anyone had it done? and did it work? wont' it just need repeating again?
Not looking forward to the prep though....
Thanks in advance for any advice or experiences..
Sarah - 38 year old mum of 2 boys, competitive runner/triathlete, health and fitness writer
June 2010 - Peritonitis caused by perforated diverticulitis. Emergency surgery.
August 2010 - Partial colectomy and temp ileostomy
October 2010 - Ileostomy reversal - but didn't go well and struggling since.
Currently - Investigating motility and bloating issues ...