Sunday, November 1, 2009

J-Pouch anastomosis with loop illeostomy

On September 3, Ben underwent his 2nd of 3 operations to officially rid his body of the nasty ulcerative colitis that landed him in this mess in the first place.

I think we both underestimated the magnitude of this particular step in the process and are very grateful now 2 months later that he seems to be returning back to normal.

Ben's belly - the large bowel + the loop illeostomy + J-pouch reservoir + 1 very long scar that will be a forever reminder of what a blessing it is to feel good.
Below is a picture of the appliance that attaches to the illeostomy. He gets to get rid of this officially in December when he will have his 3rd and (hopefully) final procedure.


Jennifer said...

We had no idea. Hope all goes well. You guys are amazing, how is residency?? How is Ohio? Tell everyone in the Massillon Ward Hello!!

trish said...

wow! all I can say is wow! You both made it look so easy. That is some serious scar. WOW!

Carr Family said...

Wow! I hope all goes well with the last surgery. And CONGRATS!!!!! I just read your post saying that you were expecting. That is so exciting. Can't wait to find out if Heber is going to have a little brother or a little sister. :) When do you find out?

Kadie said...

My 19 year old brother just had the same surgery for the same reason. I will keep you in my prayers. Hopefully for Ben and my brother this surgery means a new start in life!