When you’re preparing for colorectal surgery, it feels like your surgeon throws a ton of information at you. Left and right, risks and benefits, pros and con. However, no matter how much information they throw at you, there is always something you won’t know until you’re living it. In this four part series, I hope to tell you some of the things that I learned after my own surgeries. This series is not meant to scare anyone but to educate on the things I wish I had known.
Part 3 - Your Surgeon's Priorities
In my experience with colorectal surgeons (and I’ve had a few) they are very concerned about one thing: that your bowels function properly. And this totally makes sense considering we are trusting them with our bowels - and our lives, to some extent. However, if you’ve had any colorectal surgery you know that there is so much more to these procedures than just functioning bowels and living.
I’ve had four open surgeries which resulted in one wicked scar along my abdomen. This scar is not something I’m ashamed or embarrassed about, but some peo