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Inflamed rectal stump

Posted by rachel_louise, on Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:06 pm
So I had my sigmoidoscopy today and was told by the lady who did it they probably won't reconnect me as my rectal stump is inflamed and bleeding.. Previous to this my surgeon told me they can remove the whole stump and still do the reversal..just curious if anyone has been told no because of this?
Reply by Bill, on Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:21 am
Hello rachel-louise.
I wasn't told this but my ostomy nurse asked me who my surgeon was and then commented that he would make any excuse not to do anything else after the original surgery.  It rather dents one's confidence about whether we are being given the correct information.
Best wishes
Reply by rachel_louise, on Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:03 am
Hi bill
Thank you for replying. I know what you mean one person say one thing then another something else, if my surgeon won't do it I think I'll get a second opinion from a pouch specialist I've heard of close by. Smile
Hope your well
Reply by scotiaman, on Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:18 am
Hi rachel-louise...thought i might through in a few comments on this issue as i was in a similiar poisition as you, following an operation for an illiostomy 3 years ago due to ulcerative Colitis.... in the several months following the surgery the disease in my  recum stump receeded considerable, or put another way the frequency of discharge went from daily to once every 2 to 3 weeks...however that trend reversed to the point that i was back on the daily discharge routine. SO here is where things get complicated... you don,t want to have to deal off and on with a diseased retum stump i would assume, nor chance rectal cancer, which is a risk that must be considered  with having a diseased rectum. If you remove the rectum then you must depend solely on the strength of the annus to hold back the waste... mind you with a reversal  a greater portion of the water in the stool will be removed during the digestive process, however it will still tend  to be more liquid than solid. My decision around this issue was to stay with the bag simply because i did not want to deal with incontenance, risk annal or rectal cancer and minimise the need for future surgery... but i am 60.... your much younger and the prognoses could be quite different, and besides medial know how is advancing rapidly... that all said I can speak for many here which would offer the following advise...TAKE YOUR TIME IN MOVING FORWARD WITH ANY DECISION, surgeons seem at times to want to get right to it !!!! and most important of all IDENTIFY THE VERY BEST RECONNECT SURGEON  THAT YOU CAN FIND AND GET HIS OPINION....SUCCESS IN THIS BUSINESS  DEPENDS ON THE SKILL OF THE SURGEON. It could make a huge difference in you quality of life over the next decades...Good luck Scotiaman
Reply by rachel_louise, on Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:00 pm
Good news! Saw my surgeon yesterday and he will do the reversal! Ill be having pouch surgery in the new year, he is doing in in 2 more stages with 3 months inbetween each so hopefully all being well ill be all reversed n I'm for summer Smile
Reply by Mrs.A, on Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:08 am
That's great Rachel keep updating us and we can all celebrate with you!
Reply by warrior, on Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:52 pm

rachel, yur last post on this subject was from 2012.  u had an inflamed rectum and there was surgery lined up to have the stump removed and the small intestine  then attached to the anus.  well then what has happened?   the stump I have has colitis.  and is active but  being controlled by meds for the moment.. however the day will come about the procedure u have had and i am very interested in knowing how you are doing with it..  since u may be off the site by now i dont know if you will anwser or some one else will.  we shall see.. people get info here and leave. and its sad cause theres folks looking for answers.  i wait patiently and axiously for your reply. thank u. Tony

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