Colon Resection After Colonoscopy
Approximately, 2 yrs ago I had a resection at the junction of the large and small intestine (5” of the large intestine removed as well as the valve between the two intestines) It was required as a result of a perforated bowl during a routine colonoscopy. The resection was conducted in an emergency situation. Afterwards, there was normal and abnormal pain. I healed over a long period of time (6 mos). However, during the hospital stay, I was experiencing major pain and learned thru an extensive test that the gall bladder was functioning at 70%. I chose not to have the gall bladder removed for two reasons. 1, insurance wouldn’t cover elective surgery and 2, I didn’t want to live wo a gall bladder for clinical reasons. Now, fast forward 2 years and the pain has returned on both sides of the stomach (internal pain) and it is intermittent. There is also excruciating pain when bowels move which is also intermittent. I don’t want to go to the doctor and complain as I know I will likely go thru another Colonoscopy. After this past occurrence, I made a decision not to do that again knowing full well they removed seven polyps. I am 66 now and in fairly good health. In the past 5 years I’ve had reconstruction of C4-C7 using cadaver bone and titanium and breast cancer resulting w a mastectomy. Should I be concerned w this return pain? How do I avoid another colonoscopy? I’ve had three colonoscopies in previous years.