Category Archives: Surgery

J-Pouch FAQ

Quick update: My wife and baby are doing great, and we’re adjusting to the new normal of having a baby at home. I have not yet rescheduled my takedown surgery, but am aiming for some time next year. In the … Continue reading

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Life’s Plans

I was scheduled to have my takedown surgery (second try) on July 2, and I was ready to go. But life had other plans. Two days before surgery (June 30), my wife and I spent the day assembling nursery furniture, … Continue reading

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“Official Report: No leaks; no stricture”

That was the email from my surgeon this afternoon following my pouchogram.  Good news. Now all I have to do is have the surgery. For those new to Know Guts, a pouchogram is contrast X-ray used to detect leaks or other … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Surgery

I had my final pre-op appointment with my surgeon today.  We talked about the procedure.  My concerns.  Her concerns.  In light of the problems last time, rather than just jump right in and do the takedown, she’s going to take … Continue reading

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The Optimistic Route

As my surgery date approaches, I’ve continued to waffle about what to do or whether to go through with it at all.  I know I need to do something.  My current loop ileostomy is not a permanent solution.  It will … Continue reading

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Taking Steps

Yesterday was the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk in San Francisco.  I was grateful to participate (last year I was too sick), and we had a lot of fun.  There were a ton of people there, including lots … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

It’s been awhile since my last real update.  Healthwise, I’m doing pretty well.  The stoma skin issues I was having have resolved (debriding agent and calcium alginate really works wonders), and I haven’t had any recent complications.  But life keeps … Continue reading

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J-Pouch Normal; Skin Around Stoma, Not So Much

The worst part about my exam under anesthesia today was having to get up before 5 to make it to the hospital by 6; the procedure itself went off without a hitch (though I do have a banging post-anesthesia headache). … Continue reading

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Where Things Stand

On March 30, I had a clinic visit with my surgeon.  It was the first time I’ve seen her (or any doctor) this year, which is pretty amazing.  The purpose of the visit was to go over the results of the … Continue reading

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Thinking Surgery

Today, I’m thinking surgery.  A week ago, I wasn’t.  As I’ve noted before, life has been pretty good of late. I’m feeling well. I eat what I want. I’m off of all meds. And life with the bag is manageable. … Continue reading

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