Matthew is out of surgery! The surgeon said that inside, where they had stapled off the remainder of the rectum (he kept his rectum) was "leaking" at one corner and causing an infection. They said it was very weak because of how sick his colon was. They ended up cutting off a little more and stapling it, then double stitching it over to make sure it doesn't happen again. They are pumping him full of antibiotics and they have to leave the skin layer of the incision open and pack the wound the make sure that doesn't get infected, either. Praise God they found the problem and fixed it before he got even more sick!
The surgeon said, worst case scenario, if it happened again, they would have to make a temporary stoma from the rectum (didn't know they could do that....) and then fix it later once he's recovered a bit. Hopefully it doesn't come to that.
By the way, they said his small intestine looked fine and had no issues!
Husband was dx with UC/Crohn's Colitis in 2000 at 14 years old. We met in 2002, married since 2007. Proud owners of 2 miniature dachshunds.
Meds tried: Methotrexate, 6MP, Humira, Tacrolimus, Remicade, Imuran, Cyclosporin, Flagyl, Asacol, Sulfasalazine, Pentasa, Rawasa, Pravastatin trial and Prednisone. No remission since 2008.
Total abdominal colectomy with semi-permanent ileostomy on 7/1/2011