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I hope you don't mind me posting here. I was hoping someone could help my understanding a little about colectomies. Long story short, I've had constipation for 8 years now and I'm at the end of my tether. I've had two surgeries since last April; a LVMR (rectopexy) and then one to repair some of the problems caused by the surgeon in that (7cm haematoma & inadequate attachment of mesh). Only Dulcolax works, and without this I don't 'go' at all. The transit study was recently repeated, so I didn't go to the loo in about 8 days, and markers were predominantly from the top of the right side (descending colon) down, with a few in the ascending colon. I have a few other health issues that are no further to being helped at the moment, such as hypothyroidism, pernicious anaemia, migraines, osteopenia, etc. The problems with my stomach, the constipation and bloating and pain all of the time, have all but ruined the last 8 years. My surgeon has said I'm all but out of options and is suggesting removal of my large colon. I'm 27.
The question I want to ask is this : She said a stoma would be required first, temporarily, to see whether I would indeed be a candidate for colon removal. This is to check whether removing the colon and reattaching the small intestine to the rectum would help, or whether the rectum is still a problem, or whether the constipation and bloating and pain wouldn't actually be improved by removing the colon. How would a temporary stoma work? Ie. without actually removing the colon, how would I know whether this would help? I can't picture in my head how/where they would bring out the colon to mimic this removal (is it possible to temporarily bring out the left hand side of the colon?) She is arranging an appointment with a stoma nurse to discuss but this could take a few weeks and I'd like to know the basics asap as this is quite a lot for me to get my head around. The information I've found online seems to have confused me further rather than helped me understand this temporary stoma pre-colon removal. Any thoughts/advise on this procedure would be very, very much appreciated.
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