Hi everyone! I had finally come to terms with having LAR and taking my chances with LAR syndrome and hoping for the best. My surgery is scheduled for this coming Thursday. My pre-op meetings are on Tuesday, all by phone. Yesterday I went for a colonoscopy to get tattooed for surgery. Met my surgeon who seems very nice. He took one look and didn't tattoo. Says the tumour is too close to the anal verge to bother. By the time he leaves a good margin, he thinks there will not be enough rectum left for an anastomosis high enough to prevent major LAR syndrome. He says he is going to call early in the week to discuss. I am reasonably certain he is going to recommend a permanent colostomy right from the get go. I didn't want LARS, but I wasn't expecting this! I don't have enough time to change lanes and adjust emotionally. I now have 3 different recommendations from 3 different surgeons in the same colorectal unit, FFS! I have whiplash from changing gears. I don't want to cancel surgery because this has already been delayed too long, but I am panicked and very distraught. Come on my CC family, talk me off the ledge one more time. I can't stop crying long enough to get a breath.
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