Re: removal of sigmoid colon, diverticulitis?
There is alot of history on this board dealing with resections. THere is also another post going that has alot of different "stories" about this.
I had a foot of my sigmoid colon removed due to diverticulitis. I had it done 6 weeks after my last and worst flare up. I had it done open, and did not have a colostomy. The surgeon waited until I had cleared up the infection before operating. People seem to need the bag when they have emergency surgery and the doctor can't reconnect due to infection. THey wait until they are healed, and the doctor goes back in to reconnect. But, if you go into this as a planned surgery, you should be able to avoid that.
I am 43, so was considered relatively young for this problem. I had fought diverticulitis for many years tho. THe doctor said my colon was like a lead pipe, due to all the damage.
I can't say the surgery has "changed my lifestyle" except that I am not sick every other month! I eat what I want, when I want! I am very strict about fiber and drink a fiber supplement every morning. I keep track of my bowels to be sure everything is moving.
I was in the hospital a week, went back to work after almost 4 weeks off. I do not have a job that requires me to lift anything.
Tell you husband that all is not lost! This is a legitimate solution to a horrible problem. He should really talk to his surgeon and get all the information he can. Keep us posted!