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My free spirited ascending colon

Posted In: Colon conditions 8 Replies
  • Posted By: garbovatwin
  • June 4, 2008
  • 10:37 PM

so, as the room filled with no less than 8 surgeons and future surgeons, i was shown the images of my colon.

Most people's colons are attached, this differs from one person to the next as to where they are attached.

Evidently, probably since birth, my ascending colon is attached a bit higher up than usual. It moves. It is a free spirited colon. teehee
It moves towards the center at times, perhaps it always has. There is no rupture, there is no permanent kink causing an obstruction,
there is no volvulus choking off the supply of blood and oxygen needed to maintain a healthy bowel, but it does move.
It changed positions during the barium enema simply by changing positions during the test.

so what does this mean?

I can live with it...deal with the pain it brings when it moves a bit too far...OR

I can choose to have an elective surgery at which time they would go in laparoscopically
and remove about an 12 inch section of the colon that is moving, including the appendix,
reattach the small intestine to the new section of colon, and if all went well in the surgery,
during the week stay in the hospital the colon would be tested to insure it is functioning properly.
There would be no need, IF ALL WENT WELL IN THE SURGERY, to create a stoma for colostomy.
Healing time post op, barring complications, would be 8-12 weeks.

so, i have a lot to think about it seems...live with this, or do that and live with that.

time will tell.



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