Colectomy for Colonic Inertia

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/29/2005 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all... I am new to this forum, but very much interested in talking to people who have been through the same thing I am going to be going through soon.
I have been constipated since birth... in some ways I guess that is a good thing because aside from distention and some abdominal pain, I am not that miserable... being I have always been this way. 
I had the colonc transit test, and failed miserably.  I have been telling docs for years about this problem, and every one has belittled it until this year.  I had a colonoscopy finally in May after a Herculian effort.  The prep did NOT do a thing, and I ended up having to starve for 4 days and have 15 tap water enemas. 
Anyways... the verdict is for a colectomy.  Subtotal I believe because they are planning on keeping my rectum in tact.  I dont have any other disease, just slow stupid colon!  Just have to have the defectography and emg done in the next month and surgery will happen. 
I have a million questions....
How long in the hospital?  How miserable or how much pain?  Bigger question to me is this... eating?  Can you eat afterwards or are you limited?  Will I lose weight (I can admit I am a little bit overweight at this time... weight loss would be a small positive in this sea of bad things)  How long till I feel strong and able to go back to work?
I am sure these comments have been addressed somewhere on this site... but I would love to chat with someone.
Thanks for your help,

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 6/29/2005 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Emma--I had surgery for colonic inertia 5 1/2 weeks ago and am feeling pretty good energy wise....still eating a pretty soft diet. If you go back and read the threads--Total Colectomy, Total colectomy Part 2 and Total colectomy Part 3 you will find a wealth of information. It's a lot of reading, but well worth it...many woman who have suffered like you and are now going and very happy!
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