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05-23-2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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Strictureplasty

Has anyone had this? I'm interested in your experiences in this type of surgery.
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05-23-2014, 03:22 PM   #2
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Had many - 5 in the first surgery that also included two resections. I think my total is 15+ at this point. They seem to have worked fairly well for me. I had the same surgeon for all 6 surgeries, and there was no indication that the strictureplasties had been anything but successful all around.

Not sure what all the pros and cons are. I guess there is some belief that if the area isn't really heavily scarred, you can maintain the length of the bowel and have better absorption that you wouldn't get if the bowel was to be resected. It does open up things well.
05-23-2014, 04:27 PM   #3
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Hi thanks for the reply I the problem I have is that it's in my stomach meaning i don't have much to play with. If they remove too much I won't absorb.
05-24-2014, 06:22 AM   #4
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Given what can be done with the stomach stapling (gastric bypass) for obese people, my feeling is that this is more a matter of will than what can be done. Yes, you will lose functionality, but if you have strictures, that functionality is already gone. I did see your other thread, and saw that they are considering TPN. Please get the information from DJW, and see what your team's long term treatment plan is. Something isn't really adding up here.

My first hospital stay with crohn's, I was placed in a ward with someone who was permanently on TPN and it didn't seem to bother him at all. He could still eat a little, but did so only to be social. Food went right through him. He had a catheter up near his neck, and he plugged in a couple times a day if I remember correctly. It wasn't a continuous feed. Anyhow, DJW should be able to give you some better info on that.
05-24-2014, 06:42 AM   #5
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Shamrock thank you for your reply. I'm very new to my new presentation of my Crohn's I've had it 14 years. Like you I felt the same it didn't quite make sense. I'll contact djw and fire some questions at him/her.
Thanks again


05-24-2014, 08:59 AM   #6
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05-24-2014, 10:53 AM   #7
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Its a much easier surgery to recover from than a resection. It's always ideal to spare as much bowel as possible.
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