I was diagnosed with gastroparesis and colonic inertia in 2013. I had been suffering for many years, so I made the difficult decision to have a subtotal colectomy in 2017. I was reassured that I didn’t have pelvic outlet disfunction.
I had the surgery done and was in the hospital for 7 days. I was home for 2 days, but had to make a return trip to the hospital 2 days later with an obstruction. I was on an NG tube for 5 days. The surgeon had no idea what to do. Thank God I remembered my GI doctor relaying the story of another patient whose surgery was like mine. He said post-surgery this woman was prescribed 290mgs of LINZESS® and that it helped with her constipation.
Success! It finally worked and I left the hospital 76 lbs. lighter. Later I told my mom I thought they were going to kill me. Needless to say, the gastroparesis got much worse and so did the constipation. I had a pylorectomy done for the gastroparesis in June of 2018. A gastric stent was placed in September of that same year with little success.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.