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Hello All. Need some info from anyone who has had a Colon resection due to a POLYP (or similar) in the ascending colon with Ileocecal valve also removed. The polyp could not be removed during colonoscopy since it is flat against the colon wall. Doc did a biopsy and no malignancy was found. It was recommended that I have the surgery which can be done via Laperoscopy. The plan calls for reattachment of the colon to the small intestine.
Not worried about the appendix, but concerned the Ileocecal Valve may be important to future bowel function???? Also wondering if anyone who has had this surgery could tell me about your recovery time and just what I could expect after the surgery regarding bathroom matters. :confused:
And were you tired or had any other bad symptoms? What are you allowed to do and not do? I will be very grateful for info on this specific surgery. Thank you. Janatee :angel:
I had this same procedure done in March 06 at 29. Had my first colonoscopy done right before my 29th birthday at 28 (of course). I will not lie to you, I had it done lap. and it was still a good 3 month recovery from complications, which from most people I have met that have had colon resection, is not uncommon.
I spent 5 days in the hospital the first time. Went back to the ER for 3 abdominal abscesses (I did a prep before the surgery just to note) and another surgery for that due to I would not let them stick giant 18 gauge needles through my stomach while I was awake to drain them. Another 5 days for that surgery, then a wound infection that was packed by my husband daily for about 2 to 3 weeks. I felt awful for quite a long time, but eventually it faded and I can say I am back to normal now.
I had two polyps/tumors that did turn out to be benign, but they had likely been growing since I was a teen and were quite large. I had several other smaller polyps that were removed during the colonoscopy, so I have repeat colonoscopies done yearly. Each year they find at least a few polyps. I think the first repeat was 6, then 4 this year. My doctor wants to try 3 years now, but I have thought about next summer pressuring for my retest due to I just recently had a 42 year old brother in law pass from colon cancer Aug. 23 08. It was a painful death for him.
I strongly suggest the surgery. My other option was to retest every 3 to 6 months to watch the growth of the tumors and repeat cancer testing, but with my sons being 3 and 4 then I didn't want that chance.

As far as bowel habits after, for awhile it was urgent needing to void after eating, but with time that ended. I cannot really give you a clear picture due to I have just about every digestive disorder known to mankind including IBS, GERD, Hernia, etc. I think at some point my IBS kicked back in and now I go back and forth between loose and constipated movements, mostly the latter. I think alot of how you recover depends on age and health. I hope this helps.

Also you said your doctor told you is was not cancer from the testing done. They cannot know if the middle of the tumor/polyp is cancer or if the underside has cancerous cells as they can only clip a small sample from the top of the questionable area. Just wanted to point that out as you would want to know that other areas of those growths could differ from the top.
[QUOTE=Janatee;3712519]Hello All. Need some info from anyone who has had a Colon resection due to a POLYP (or similar) in the ascending colon with Ileocecal valve also removed. The polyp could not be removed during colonoscopy since it is flat against the colon wall. Doc did a biopsy and no malignancy was found. It was recommended that I have the surgery which can be done via Laperoscopy. The plan calls for reattachment of the colon to the small intestine.
Not worried about the appendix, but concerned the Ileocecal Valve may be important to future bowel function???? Also wondering if anyone who has had this surgery could tell me about your recovery time and just what I could expect after the surgery regarding bathroom matters. :confused:
And were you tired or had any other bad symptoms? What are you allowed to do and not do? I will be very grateful for info on this specific surgery. Thank you. Janatee :angel:[/QUOTE]





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