I had a colonoscopy done in dec. And the doctor found a large polyp and a couple small ones in the right lower colon. He could remove the small ones, but only got about 90% of the large one (a little over an inch). He is planning on doing surgery to remove part of the colon. He'll cut off the end of the small intestine and the colon above the corner loop, then attach the small intestine to the transverse colon. My question is: is this drastic surgery necessary? I think he believes that although it wasn't cancerous yet, it would turn cancer if not removed. I'm not really worried about the surgery (i need a vacation!) but just wonder if i'm doing the right thing. The smaller polyps were in the same location, and he said because of the blood supply, he has to remove a larger section in that location. I suppose if they tried to remove just the polyp, there would be a risk of the bowel lining perforating, which would cause more trouble.
When it could save your life ...... ???? My sister had the same surgery and she is fantastic ..... Once the polyp was removed they did a byopsy on it also and the tip of the polyp was cancerous !
Be brave and good luck !
I had my surgery on feb 9, and after a week in the hospital, was doing good. I was lucky to have had the surgery, since although the earlier biopsy was ok, the biopsy after surgery had some cancer cells in the base to the submucosal layer, but not beyond that. The doctor wants me to see an oncologist to be sure no further treatment is necessary.
That is great news your ok now, my sister is sensational now.
She is out all the time, she looks good, she is feeling good and didnt have to have any chemo or anything else. It has been the hardest thing I have been thru in my life, my sister means the world to me, and I thank god every day she is fine and healthy, people dont seem to realise if you dont have your health you dont have anything ..
What do you do for a living ???? Have you got a history in your family of polips/colon cancer ??? How often do you have to have a colonoscopy ?
Did your doctor make your whole family have a colonoscopy ?????
How are you going at the moment ???? Where is your location ??? Us ???
Snekii, i'm 52, a dairy farmer from michigan (usa). My mother had the same surgery in november, 2002, except hers was on the left side at the bend, so hers involved cutting the transverse colon and the descending colon, then joining it back together. She has had problems with polyps for over 40 years, so had a colonoscopy every 2 or 3 years. The doctor missed a polyp (he said he thought he saw two, but could only find one to remove) then on her next test, it was too large to remove the whole polyp during colonoscopy, so she had to have surgery. I had a colonoscopy just to get checked, since cancer was on both sides of the family, and that's how we found the polyps. I had no symptoms, so was surprised when we found it. I realize now how fortunate I was that we found it early. When I read the obits and see someone in their 50's, I think, "that could have been me." I don't need chemo or anything, but am advised to have annual colonoscopies for 5 years, since cancer cells were found. I'm still recovering good after 3 1/2 weeks, although get tired easily. I see on my blood tests, my rbc and hemoglobin were a little low following the surgery, but the doctor never said anything about it, so it must not be low enough for treatment. I also get light-headed when I stand up after sitting for a while, but figure that will improve with time.
My sister was only 31/32 when they found the polyp, so for us it was a massive shock, as everywhere we read on the net and in books, it stated people with this condition are always in there 50's. My sister is feeling fantastic at the moment, she goes to the wc a little more frequently but who cares when it 'saved her life'. We have never had a history in either sides of the families for colon cancer, have had other cancers but not colon. Something you could try drinking for your blood is a juice made up of the following .... Fresh beetroot, celery, granny smith apples (green citrus apples ) and a carrot in a juice machine this should help your blood, it looks pretty off but ..... Taste not bad due to the apples. My sister looked horrible and pale just before she got told she had polyps, but that was because she was anemic ... And thats what sparked off for them to check her out .... I said to the specialist when I went in for my colonoscopy thanks for saving my sisters life and I think he was taken back it was only but luck that he said to her how about we do a colonoscopy and have a good look why your anemic .. And if there is anything more, had no idea and he said to me, I have changed my whole practice and life cause of your sister .... Nice to see there are good doctors still out there