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Colorectal Diseases

Life after colon removal

07/08/2008

Question:

I am a 51 year old male who has had Crohns for 25 years. Two years ago I had my colon removed and the small intestine was reattached to my rectum. Now I have to go back and have a flexible Sigmoidoscopy. Why would I have to have this done and is this something I will have to have the rest of my life?

Answer:

The flex sig is being done to evaluate the lining of your rectum and part of the small intestine. Remember Crohn's disease can affect ANY part of the intestine from the lip to the anus, so your doctor must want to keep an eye on your rectum for a reason.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati