Hi, mamaluke and everybody
I'm 35 years old female from Zagreb, Croatia. I suffered from UC from Spring 2003 to Winter 2008, when I had proctocolectomy with J-pouch and protective ileostoma formation. After the postoperative period and diet, I recuperated and got used to my stoma very quickly. I thought of it as a blessing after all those UC issues and it affected my quality of life in every possible positive way.
I had the second surgery (reanastomosis) about
a month ago (March 19, 2009), and my J-pouch functioned excellently from the first day and still does. During the first 4-5 days after the surgery, when they kept me on liquid diet and infusion, I have had 6-8 stools a day. After they introduced solid food into my diet, the number of stools was reduced to 3-4 a day and sometimes 1 during night. Now, a month later, I can eat normally without special diet restrictions and still have 3-4 medium-consistency stools a day. I regularly drink probiotics and liquid calcium-magnesium citrate with vitamin D. So far I had no inflammation or any other problem with J-pouch, the continency of the anal muscle is good (no leak) and during bowel movements I feel no sudden urge, pain or cramps in the abdomen. After meals I have no immediate urge to go to the bathroom and can hold the stool for 2-3 hours without fear that it would leak. I take no meds to maintain stool frequency and consistency. Food only
So, I think that this surgery was a very wise decision and in my case the quality of life is restored completely.
However, I would like to ask goldy3 is there a limit on "life expectancy" of a J-pouch. For how many years can it keep functioning well? My surgeon thinks that, although some 40% of patients experience pouchitis at least once in ten years after reanastomosis, it is also reasonable to assume that a pouch could maintain a healthy function for life.
Post Edited (Neuro) : 5/6/2009 1:00:01 PM (GMT-6)