Yesterday I had my pre surgery appointment for my second and final J-pouch surgery. I had the first surgery Oct. 20, 2008. I went to the appointment not having a surgery date. I have been calling my surgeon’s secretary once a week for the last month asking for a date and she wasn’t able to give me one. She told me it looked like it wouldn’t be until at least March. She still wanted me to go to the pre surgery appointment without a surgery date.
I arrived at the hospital just before 1:00 pm and was called into an examination room a few minutes later. I was given several forms and questionnaires to fill out. While I was filling them out my surgeon’s secretary came in the room and told me she had a surgery cancellation for this Wednesday (tomorrow) and asked me if I wanted it. I said I would love the appointment but I was worried about
a cold that I was just getting over. It was at its worst last Wednesday and Thursday. She told me to talk with the doctor about
it when I see him and get back to her after the appointment.
The nurse then came in the room and went over the forms I filled out. She gave me 2 cotton swabs, one for my nostrils and the other for my bum. Not sure what they are looking for. She also took a blood sample. Next the pharmacist came in to talk about
my current medications.
One of the doctors on my surgeon’s team came in next. He did a quick physical checkup, described the surgery and answered my questions. They are going to put a small incision next to my stoma to allow them to pull out my intestines far enough to reconnect them. They will then put it back inside and close up the stoma. It should take about
one to one and a half hours to complete it. I asked him if my cold would interfere with the surgery and he said as long as I don’t have a fever or am coughing up phlegm, it shouldn’t mater. For this surgery I don’t need any prep other than not eating or drinking after midnight before the surgery.
The anesthesiologist came in next. Normally he wouldn’t visit me but because of my cold he did. He told me the same thing as the previous doctor and didn’t see my cold as a problem. After the appointment at about
3:45 pm I went to the surgeon’s secretary to tell her I’ll have the surgery this Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm. I must be at the hospital by 11:00 am. I should be in the hospital for about
5 days. I’ll be glad to get rid of this bag. Wish me luck.
Diagnosed in 2000 at age 43 with UC. Colon removed October 20/08.
Bad reaction to Asacol, Pentasa and Dipentum - can’t take any more 5ASAs.
Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
Methotrexate with Remicade - 7 infusions with no improvement
Folic Acid and B12 injections.
Abatacept trial - no effect