I went in for a routine colonoscopy. I had IBS like complaints accompanied by blood in the stool for many years. Yes, yes, I've mentioned this to many doctors. All whom pretty much blew me off. One even told me that is was not blood I was seeing in my stool, but spaghetti sauce. How I'd like to run into that doctor now. Anyways back to the story. . . my now wonderful GI discovered hundreds of polyps in my colon. Since then I have also under gone an upper endoscopy, which discovered even more of these precancerous polyps in my duodenum. (The duodenum is where the small intestines meet the stomach.)
At this point, the medical procedures we believe I will under go are:
- A total colectomy with a temporary ileostomy. During the surgery the entire colon and rectum are removed and a temporary ileostomy is made. Also a J-pouch will be made using the last 8 inches of my small intestines. I will temporarily have a colostomy bag while the new plumbing heals.
- Duodenectomy This surgery will hopefully to be preformed at the same time as the colectomy. It will remove polyps from doudenum.
- The Take Down. This surgery will be performed as soon as I heal from the 1st one (or two), probably 8-12 weeks (if I am lucky, and I think I am do for some luck). They will remove the ileostomy, and I will begin using my new j-pouch. The j-pouch will allow me to have stool movements from the anus like a normal person. However, unlike a "normal person" I will have 8-10 watery movements per day with a few of those being at night. Great.
I still have a lot to learn and understand. I will probably have four more doctor visits in the next two weeks. A visit to a special GI, an office visit w/ the surgeon to perform duodenectomy, another office visit with the colo-rectal surgeon who will preform the colectomy, and another upper endoscopy/ultra sound to get a better look at the polyps.
I'll update as I learn more. This is enough for one day, besides I'm missing Weeds.