Editor's note: Lisa Burks describes her series: In the past month, I have written about Crohn's and colon surgery. Part 1 was about preparing for colon surgery, and in Part 2, I discussed the types of colon surgeries. To complete the series, I'm going to tell my story about having a hemicolectomy.
Why did I need one?
In June 2015, I developed a colon obstruction
. While I was hospitalized with the obstruction, a colorectal surgeon came to see me. He explained it was imperative that I have surgery because of how diseased and damaged a large portion of my colon was and I was at a high risk for additional obstructions, infections, or worse. That was scary enough, but my GI doctor thought having the surgery would give me a better chance of achieving remission down the road. That alone was a big reason why I agreed to surgery.
My surgeon determined that laparoscopic surgery would be the best route in my case. Before I could have my surgery, however, I needed to start preparing
for it. At the time, I was taking two medications that I needed to stop, Humira
(adalimumab) and prednisone
. Both of these medications