Colectomy is used to treat slow-transit constipation and colonic inertia.The results in general seem to be depend upon whether the condition is limited to the colon or whether it affects the whole gut (pan-enteric). People who have disease limited to the colon seem to do fairly well.
I had a subtotal colectomy for colonic inertia in 2001. I would never recomend it to anyone. I have had severe pain over the past five years that has been much worse than the pain before the surgery. It is due to excessive scar tissue. I am 42 years old and have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children who suffer when the pain flares up! Please think hard before this surgery and use all available options. Take care all.
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