Ileocolic Resection Surgery

Posted by lovablesteven @lovablesteven, Mar 22, 2019

Recently I was told I needed to have this surgery and am terrified about it. Would love to hear some personal experiences from people who have had this surgery and how the recovery process was along with how they are doing now…thank you for your replies!

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It's the sphincter muscle at the junction of the ileum (last portion of your small intestine) andthe colon, first portion of your large intestine. Its function is to allow digested food to pass from the small intestine to your large intestine. It acts as a barrier between the large and small intestine. It prevents the backflow of harmful toxins and bacteria overgrowth into the small intestine. It also prevents food from entering the large intestine before it's effectively digested.

For me, it's caused a real problem with SIBO ( small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) — the resection site (anastomosis) is wide open with no valve so there is no way to keep bacteria out of the small intestine. I do take an antibiotic daily callled Xifaxan which has made my daily life 100% better.
You might want to ask your dr about what the plan is regarding removal of the valve. I have to warn you, many GI's downplay the significance of the IV.

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I wanted to check in with you all. I feel better knowing there are other people like myself experiencing these symptoms. I was told by a GI at Mayo that I had slow motility and all I needed was fiber.These MD.s do not seem to think the lack of ICV is a problem. My issue is cramping (pain) daily. I have been taking Acacia fiber (Heather's), and it helps with constipation and diarrhea. I am also taking supplements, to reduce stress. Does anyone have pain after eating? If so, what do you take? I am receiving neurofeedback therapy to help me not react and go to that dark place, thoughts (automatically). I am hopeful that Life can get better.


@bethy1962 , did you have a resection? I was actually told by a GI that the body learns to compensate for the lack of an IC. How could that happen? It's so maddening to have drs dismiss us! I'm sorry you are having pain. I do have pain and urgency sometimes after eating but not on a regular basis. Have you been checked for SIBO?

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