After chatting with my mum, I realised that as I natter away about my surgery, that it can be quite confusing as to what I have had done, so with the help of google I thought I would do a little post about the surgery.
I had a subtotal colectomy and end ileostomy. This is an operation to remove the colon, leaving the rectum behind. It is most usually performed for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. The surgeons removed my colon (also known as large intestine or large bowel) and then formed an ileostomy which is an operation to create a stoma or an opening in the ileum (last part of the small intestine), which is stitched to the skin.
So I have no colon. My food goes from my small intestine out through a hole in my stomach (my stoma) and I wear an ileostomy bag attached to my skin at all times which collects all the poop. I still have a bum but it isn’t attached to anything!! Which means I no longer fart or poo from my butt…
In the next 6-12 months I have a decision to make. That decision is whether I have a further surgery that will remove the rest of my rectum and means I will have the ileostomy and wear a bag for the rest of my life.
Or whether I have an internal pouch made out of my small intestine which over the course of two operations would be reattached to my anus. This would mean I no longer have the bag and that I would poo from my butt again.
I am currently not going to make that decision. My goal right now is to recover from this surgery, get off all medications and get myself strong, fit and healthy.
Some people decide that the stoma and bag are just so convenient and easy for them to live with that they would rather not have more surgery and deal with all the consequences of reattaching the bowel. For others it is entirely the right thing to do.
For me? Im not too sure right now. I can’t even begin to think about these things and so Im not going to stress about it. Ill make that decision in the coming months with the support of my doctors, nurses and family.
So I hope this helps a little to explain what I have had done! For more information take a look at the NHS website or feel free to ask my any questions and Ill do my best to answer them!
Love Sam xx