WOW - What AWESOME support, advise, and encouragement from ALL you ladies!!! This is the most amazing thread I've ever been a part of. Such a willingness from all to share our stories, concerns, experience - the list goes on and on!!!
AJ - Thanks for the info on the Reglan!!!
PHYLLIS - As always, great advise and compassion!!!
AMEY - I'm happy to hear your "new" approach yeilded hope!! Great advise as well!!
Irish - Good luck with the stents - when is that surgery?
OK - I'm right now at the nine month pre-op timeframe and I have a question regarding the part where they leave in "some" of the colon during the TC. In all my consults with the surgeon he indicated that ALL of the colon was going to be removed due to extent of Colonic Inertia. Well, two or three weeks post-op, when I was still experiencing a lot of pain and I was readmitted thru the ER. He came in and told me that he was going to do a colonoscopy to see if where they attached the small intestine to the rectum had a blood supply problem. Once in the room he indicated to all the necessary techs and anesthesiologist that I had just had a TC two or three weeks prior and I only had very, very little colon to work with. Then back in May/June when things started slowing down quite a bit quite suddenly and I began bloating and sort of feeling like I did pre-op he scheduled me for another colonoscopy to see if there was some narrowing going on. Again in the room, he indicated to all the people that he only had very little to work with. Thankfully for me all came out well with the exception of him finding a few polyps and removed them. He indicated that I more than likely have a "slow" small intestine and that could be playing a roll in everything. I asked him what if I continue to have problems or they get worse he indicated that he would removed what little colon I did have, however, that would be a last ditch effort.
So my question here is.....why do they leave a small amount of the colon, especially when they reconnect the small intestine to the rectum. It sounds as though there are a few here that have had a small amount of the colon left in and it has cause you problems.
I hope someone is able to answer my question. Many thanks to all!!!
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