Mark’s Step 1 surgery was a laproscopic total proctocolectomy with ileoanal reservoir reconstruction (a jpouch) with a temporary loop ileostomy until the jpouch heals (‘takedodwn’ is 2nd surgery). Step 1 was done in early July 2007 and he was in the hospital for 5 days . Thankfully, he experienced no complications from this major surgery. Step 2 surgery will happen after step 1 recovery. See on the right side there are 3 series of Photo Journals documenting the three stages of Mark’s surgery process. Click on Photo Set 1: Surgery Colectomy to see the full set of photos and journal
Mark had Ulcerative Colitis (pancolitis) for 7 years (diagnosed at 24 years old, surgery at 31 years old), an active flare for 6 years with little relief from medicine (you name it, he tried it); 3 years into the flare the GI recommended surgery, it took another 3 years for Mark to committ to the surgery. Many dietary and herbal options were tried as well. Through this process it was important he was 100% sure he had exhausted all his options so that when he decided to have the surgery, he wouldn’t have any regrets. It was a HUGE decision to make, and it was important to do it when Mark was sure all his options had been exhausted. The reason it was so important to know this surgery was 100% the right option is because there can be many complications with this surgery and life with a jpouch or ostomy. This has been the best decision for his health and quality of life. Click on Photo Set 2: Inbetween Surgeries to see the rest of the recovery and life with a bag..
In simple words, Mark’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis (severe pan-colitis) made him have chronic diarrhea, bleeding, and urgency. Then the related symptoms from those main symptoms were of both physical and emotional in nature. The surgery he had removes his entire diseased colon (large intestine) and rectum, and creates a new holding tank of stool out of his small intestine (called a jpouch). Go to this site here if you want more info: J-Pouch Illustrated. And Click on Photo Set 3: J-Pouch Surgery to see the full set of photos and journal.