Pluot, you nailed it. I had great confidence in my surgeon. I researched his credentials on the net. He was head of colorectal surgery for several years at the Univ. of Pa. He trained at the Cleveland Clinic. I met many people from miles away in the waiting room who told me their GI doctors highly recommended Dr. Fry.
I KNOW I have NO rectum left because back in 2010, when I started with the bleeding from the vagina, Dr. Fry sent me for an MRI of the pelvic area with and without contrast. I should have gone to another facility than the one I went to because the woman kept me under that dome for an hour and a half, then, when it came time to administer the dye, she couldn't find a vein and stuck me four times. At that time, I said, "I'm done here, you people need to go back to school." When Dr. Fry received the report from them, it stated the test was "inconclusive" and suggested Dr. Fry send me for a CT scan of the rectum. When Fry read the report, he said to me, "What the heck is this? How can they do a CT scan of the rectum when you have no rectum?" Hindsight is 20/20, but, I never did go for another MRI anywhere else. Instead, I went to the gyn doctor and had the transvaginal ultrasounds done, one each year...all negative. The bleeding only happened once every few months, and I couldn't really call it "bleeding". Minimal pinkish spotting describes it best. My gyn said this was because of my age and the thinning of the cervix. The discomfort just started over the summer. The skin tags have been there since my UP days and Dr. Fry said they were not pre-cancerous.
So, long story short....I have NO rectum and this new surgeon said I had a short stump. I do NOT place that nozzle or the entire suppository far into the anus. The doctor showed me on the chart just how high up the stump actually is. I figured only a few inches. If you ask me, I think the young doctor over at Pennsylvania Hospital caused more harm than good by blowing air into the anus. I have had much more discomfort ever since that exam.
Pluot, you are correct. I was considered "high risk". I heard the nurse making sure they had a room in ICU for me following my operation. She was horrified that I overheard her, but downplayed it by saying..."Oh well, it is only as a precautionary because of your age." I found out they actually DID place me in ICU for a few hours following my operation.