Your Questions: Spacing of Internal Organs Post-Surgery

by on Monday, February 23, 2009 14:49
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Jpouch.net Jack BoxI’m  glad that so many of you wrote in with questions — information on Jpouch surgeries and followups is hard to come by, especially when the information you are looking for is so seemingly random or mundane that you never ask your surgeon. I think I’ll do a separate post for each of the questions you all left as comments last Friday.

Since I have my colon removed, shouldn’t there be some extra space inside me, and/or what fills that space?

Your internal organs are — for lack of a better laymen’s term —  so crammed inside you that even with the removal of your large intestine, some of your small intestine and rectum, there still is no “extra” space. Nothing will be “sloshing” around inside of you, and nothing takes the place of what was there. Think of it like a jack-in-the-box, you can cram the doll in that box, but outside of the box it takes up a lot more space. (Oh, and this doesn’t mean that when they slice you open, your innards pop out like a jack in the box).

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One Response to “Your Questions: Spacing of Internal Organs Post-Surgery”

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    NORMA says:

    March 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I just want to say that when I had my surgery it felt like there was lots of room in my guts. Every time I went to turn over you could hear things sloshing around. I later developed a massive ovarian cyst which I did not really feel until it was the size of a foot ball.
    I think that there may have been a little extra area but not much.

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