I had no idea 10 years ago i had polyps because i went for my first colonoscopy to diagnose IBS symptoms, yeah was i surprised, i didn't have ibs, doctor told me that just needed to have repeat colonoscopies every two years. far as he told me they were all hyperplastic (not dangerous), so i put my trust in him, so every two yrs i had about 10 polyps removed and biopsied and now 10 yrs later, they say they are all adenomas, >40 adenomas, and now stomach polyps too, last enoscope was 5 yrs ago. i was diagnosed with afap April 2010. geneticist says I'm extremely lucky, i don't already have cancer. but that my luck is running out.
my gastroenterologist , where i live now. told me that he wanted both colon and rectum removed based on 2010 colonoscopy and previous pathology reports and he was stunned that i had only been monitored every two years, he says if i don't have the surgery, i will get cancer. i guess they are worried that some of my polyps are already 10 yrs old, they just kept multiplying i guess because they were not all being taken out 10 yrs ago.
fast forward to 2011, saw a surgeon just last week and had a sigmoidoscopy two months after colonoscopy ugggh, anyhow he said that there are a few polyps in rectal area, most of them are in the transverse, hepatic flexure, and ascending colon. but with careful monitoring of it every year, i might be able to keep it longer, not sure how long though, it will have to come out at some point, so i opted to have rectum removed later on, so i am being booked for surgery for end of march beginning of april. they are doing a subtotal colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis. im a little worried because my gastroenterologist had told me that it was too dangerous to keep my rectum intact, but the surgeon disagreed, hope i chose the right thing to do. in deciding to keep rectum longer, my thoughts were whether or not they remove all but 16 cm or just the muscle, i can still get cancer. i am coping better but worried my son has this too, he is 12 yr and will be monitored at age 15 yrs.
To this day i am still trying to wrap my head around having surgery while i am not sick, but i will do it anyhow, so i stay around for many years.
what should i expect after surgery? weight gain, food intolerances etc?