Laproscopic sigmoid resection rectopexy, constipation, complications, daily enemas

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Laproscopic sigmoid resection rectopexy, constipation, complications, daily enemas

Postby Msbenton1 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:43 am

In Sept of 2013 I had a laproscopic sigmoid resection rectopexy for a rectal prolapse. Before this surgery I had a healthy BM every other day. After the surgery I had complications with severe constipation, fissures, hemrrhoids and where they attached my colon had almost closed off with scar tissue. I had to have a balloon dilation, fissure closure and hemmrhoids stitches. I was in the most pain I had ever experienced. I went to therapy were they did pelvic floor exercises and biofeedback. I had the radiology evacuation paste test and the marker test. I have tried every medication under the sun and have never been able to have a healthy BM since the surgery. Miralax makes me have soft ribbon stools then I get hemmrhoids. I've tried all kinds of doses and multiple mixtures, even acupuncture. I now do daily tap water enemas for relief and I am expecting my first child now at 31. I am worried about how I will get by when I am further along with my pregnancy, I am now almost 5 months and it's getting harder, especially since I work full time as a supervisor in a fast paced er some days it's hard to even walk. I some days can't lay on my left side because of the pain from the constipation or gas. I've always had pain in my side after surgery and going down the left side of my buttocks. I also have some urinary incontinence since the surgery if I try to pass gas I have to concentrate on holding my other muscles so I don't pee myself. I'm posting this on hers in hopes to find a support group of someone going through a similar situation. I never understood after 4 doctors no one could help except by telling me that my only option was I could have more of my intestines removed and I would go to the bathroom 5-8 times a day. No thanks I don't want another surgery and I don't want that many BMs a day. Anyone else out there?

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Re: Laproscopic sigmoid resection rectopexy, constipation, complications, daily enemas

Postby tammylayne » Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:39 pm

I am sorry you are having such a difficult time. (((((( )))))) Being pregnant should be a happy time....

I do the daily enema, I have for several years now after suffering through 30++ BMs a day after 2 resections radiation, chemo etc. I don't know why you could not continue to do the enema even when pregnant...I use very little water, (little more then a cup) there is little to no discomfort, pain or gas. I would be happy to share my procedure with you if you are interested.

Best of luck to you...
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Re: Laproscopic sigmoid resection rectopexy, constipation, complications, daily enemas

Postby michellem » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:31 pm

Consider me in your corner as a fellow sufferer of similar complications. I have been doing the daily enemas, too, after trying every medication anyone suggested. Things that are supposed to fix constipation seem to only increase my pain without inducing BMs in a reasonable period of time (I can't wait many days or the gas pain becomes unbearable). For me the daily enema has been the best of bad options. If you could scale back on work at least temporarily that might help a lot. I find doing the enema on a deadline is a problem. If I rush, the results aren't good, and I'm usually in "recuperation mode" for at 45 minutes or so after ward where having to stand continuously is very uncomfortable. I wish you all the best with your pregnancy and your own health!
5/2012 (age 48 at dx) Stage 2a T3N0M0 mid-rectum
8/2012 6 weeks 5FU continuous and radiation 5 days/week
10/2012 surgery: LAR and temporary loop ileostomy. Path: no residual primary tumor; nodes 0/6; positive for perineural invasion (Stage upgraded to 3b because of perineural invasion)
11/2012 - 2/2013 Chemotherapy modified FOLFOX6 - Oxaliplatin, every 2 weeks for 8 cycles
3/2012 reanastomosis
3/2017 still NED

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