Surgery left side colon

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   Posted 5/17/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always heard of removing part of the small intestine, but has anybody had the last part of the colon (left side) removed and reconnected to the rectum. Is this possible?
Diagnosed Crohns/Colitis Jan 2007.  Allergic to 5sa. Currently taking Humira and Hydrocortisone suppositories. 
Colits in last part of Colon.  Currently bleeding every bowel movement. 

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   Posted 5/17/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
for Crohn's colitis, that would be probably be an option, but it's not for I understand it anyway.

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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Um, they most certainly can remove parts of the colon and reattach it. It's one of the major surgeries for UC sufferers.

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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
It's my understanding that they don't remove parts of the colon, simply because it's almost a given that the UC will then manifest itself in another part of the colon. They do remove bits and pieces of the large and small bowel with Chron's patients, but I believe that's more because of extreme damage that has to come out, not to cure anything.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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