scheduled for a laporascopic total colectomy

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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for a laporascopic total colectomy from Mayo on Jan 20 due to slow transit constipation---meds, diet, exercise, etc. did not work for me.  I am well educated, well informed, extremely active with two kids,  (did I mention I am a Scorpio..just adding a little levity) and believe that I am making a reasonable decision to move forward with this elective surgery.  However, after reading many of these posts, I am concerned about the long-term effects of this surgery due to so many negative posts and is there anyone out there that would be able to give an answer to the obvious question---"would you do this surgery again if given the choice"?  "Is your life better because of your decison (holding out for the patient that is post-op over a year)"?  Thoughts?


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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think you will find anyone on the UC thread that has had a colectomy for colonic inertia but can meet some on the ostomy thread. Most people here who opted for surgery for UC have a jpouch and our conditions and results are far different than those who have surgery for colonic inertia. I hope you can meet others who have walked the path before you and get some advice and support.

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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