My Colon Remains Dysfunctional, Even After Surgery

My Colon Remains Dysfunctional, Even After Surgery
Having surgeries for IBD isn’t uncommon. In July 2015, I had a left hemicolectomy. Diagnosed with Crohn’s for less than a year, I already had a couple of bowel obstructions. Colonoscopies showed that I had a very large section of my colon that was severely diseased, and without a doubt, it had to be removed. At the time, I was very sick. The hope was that having the worst portion of my colon removed would greatly help my symptoms and increase my chances of going into remission. At the very least, the aim was to stop the obstructions due to that portion of the colon. Fast forward a few years, and although my symptoms did improve a fair amount, I did not go into remission. My case of Crohn’s disease is a little tricky. Over the years, I have had times when my bowels would stop moving and I would go 1-2 weeks without having bowel movements. Bowel obstructions were always a concern, so my doctor would order tests to find out why; these included X-rays and CT scans. Most of the time, we always saw that my colon would be backed up all the way to the bottom left portion, then would be empty. I was told this was functioning bowel obstruction. Mechanical or functional There are two types of bowel obstructions: mechanical and functional. A traditional bowel obstruction, or mechanical bowel obstruction, is when something prevents digested material from passing through. This can be due to a blockage or severe inflammation causing the bowel to swell shut. A functional obstruction is a bit different. Functional bowel obstructions aren’t caused by a blockage, but rather because the colon is not moving or functioning as a normal bowel would. Another term for this is a pseudo-obstruction. When this happens, the digested material is at a standstill. Over the p
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