constantly in the bathroom

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constantly in the bathroom

by smith7007 on Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:00 AM

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My father was diagnosed with rectal cancer 6-07.  He had surgery in 9-07 in which the removed the entire rectum and came out with no bag.  The DR told him it would take time for his body to adjust.  It is now been 1-1/2 years after surgery and he feels like his life is lived in the bathroom. He is up and down for several hours for a BM each day.  He said he feels like he has eliminated something real big to only discover a extremely small amount.  The DR did state that his colon had shrunk with the radiation he was given prior to surgery and that there was a procedure to insert a balloon and try to enlarge the colon.  Has anyone experienced this??  

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by soccermom on Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:00 AM

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Radiation doesn't shrink your colon.  It causes scar tissue/adhesion buildup which is difficult to correct.  Furthermore, your normal rectum expands to accomodate stool and store it while your colon does not.  Unfortunately, with LAR surgery, most patients (unless they keep a significant amount of their rectum) will NOT have normal bowel movements as they have lost the 'storage facility'.

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by JanieD on Thu May 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hello, Unfortunately, my dad still has this problem and it has been almost 6 years. He describes the disappointing outcome of the effort exactly the same way... There are good habits to take, like eating larger meals early in the day and very little at dinner time to avoid spoiling your night traveling to the bathroom... There are good and bad days... It is important to be spontaneous on the good days and go out, visit friends, etc... Then, he can use the bad days to rest from the activities of the good ones!

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by special_mum on Mon May 11, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi, I have had a large part of my rectum removed when I had an anterior segment operation for my colorectal cancer. I think they only left 5cms.It has been four years now but it is true to say that things have never been the same as before the operation. As the other reader said, there are good days and some very bad days where you seem to spend a few hours going in and out of the bathroom.

However, take advantage of the good days and do not let the bad days get to you. We are alive and well and can still enjoy plenty of things. I am surprised, having removed all of the rectum that a colostomy was not performed or a j-pouch inserted.( I think that is what it is called. )Ask you doctor the next time you see him.

Take care

Yvonne

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by jslee on Fri Jul 09, 2010 07:41 PM

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On May 11, 2009 12:00 AM special_mum wrote:

Hi, I have had a large part of my rectum removed when I had an anterior segment operation for my colorectal cancer. I think they only left 5cms.It has been four years now but it is true to say that things have never been the same as before the operation. As the other reader said, there are good days and some very bad days where you seem to spend a few hours going in and out of the bathroom.

However, take advantage of the good days and do not let the bad days get to you. We are alive and well and can still enjoy plenty of things. I am surprised, having removed all of the rectum that a colostomy was not performed or a j-pouch inserted.( I think that is what it is called. )Ask you doctor the next time you see him.

Take care

Yvonne

Hi Yvonne,

I thought a j-pouch was always made in LAR surgeries, is it not? A j-pouch is when a surgeon makes a "rectum" by doubling over the end of the colon. Without doing that than just connecting the colon end to what is left of the rectum doesn't leave much room for storage. I had my surgery just over 3 months ago and in the midst of an 8 cycle FOLFOX regimen before my reversal sometime this fall. I'm concerned about bowel problems after that. I need to learn more about what to expect.

John

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