What happens to the extra space when the colon is out?

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   Posted 9/4/2017 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Does the doc tack down the small intenstine? Or does everything else just kind of take over? Do you think stuff sloshes around for a little while while things full up that empty space? Just wondering.

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   Posted 9/5/2017 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the answer to this one. As you said, stuff just sloshes around till the space fills up. I had most of a lung amputated recently and they explained that "stuff" would fill the space eventually.

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   Posted 9/5/2017 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Having things just "slosh around" in the empty space left when your colon is removed can actually be dangerous for some. Different surgeons have different ways of doing things, but mine put a type of sling in my pelvic floor, above the empty space left after surgery. She did this specifically so the organs above there wouldn't slide down and fill the space.
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   Posted 10/24/2017 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what happens inside a man, but something definitely happens to women who still have their lady parts after a total colectomy. I've had ongoing problems with spotting and mucus ever since my surgery and that was over seven years ago. I went to my gyn doctor numerous times only to find out there is nothing wrong, which is a good thing, but, no one gives me a definite answer as to WHY this is happening. Before surgery, I never had a gyn problem and had gone through the change twenty years prior. My gyn said I have a thin cervical wall and the spotting is coming from that. Oh well, I'm 71 yrs old and in pretty good health, so guess I will just count my blessings.

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   Posted 10/25/2017 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you are an anomaly Christine, most women ostomates do not have the problem you describe.

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   Posted 10/27/2017 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I know I'm a rare bird.....all my organs are reversed, situs inversus, so I expect weird things happening inside me.
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