can anyone tell me how long their open colectomy took?

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   Posted 5/1/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just wondering how long your surgery took?  One person in my docs office said 2-4 hours, then another told me 1 hour.  Surely they cannot do it open with anastomosis in an hour!
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   Posted 5/2/2007 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a total colectomy with a j-pouch and temp ileostomy performed in just under two hours and I had a hand sewn anastamosis! My surgeon has done 1000s of j-pouches hence the speed of surgery. Time will vary considerably depending upon the experience of the surgeon.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 5/2/2007 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
i was put out at 9am and woke up around 1pm for my i imagine it took most of that time

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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