Re: Total Colectomy Anyone?
Our daughter is going in for a subtotal colectomy with ileoanal anastamois. This means she will keep her rectum and will not need a j-pouch at this time. She has FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis), and will have to be vigilant about being scoped every 6 months and have any new polyps removed from the rectum.
She decided on the subtotal, as the doctor explained that there is a 40% chance of becoming infertile with the total colectomy. She's only 18 and at this time, she doesn't want to take that chance. She will go for the total later in life, if the polyps get out of control in the rectum.
I'm assuming you'll have a j-pouch then? Are they doing the procedure in one step or two steps?