I met with the surgeon today to ask my last round of questions. I had already made up my mind, but she talked me through the whole thing start to finish. She's going to start off doing it laparoscopically first, and only open the whole abdomen if it becomes necessary. That's good! The whole process takes about 4 hours, and I will be in hospital for 4-7 days as they monitor the gradual reintroduction of liquids then food. The day before I'll have to be on clear fluids and some 'prep' called PicoSala to clean me out. She also tells me that one of our goals and a likely outcome is that I'll be able to eat normally again! Woot!
We also discussed risks. There's a 5-7% chance of the attached ends leaking their contents into my abdomen through the sutures. In that case I'll need another surgery and possibly a temporary external pouch as it heals. Terrifying to me but very low probability. Other possible complications are internal bleeding, infection and scar tissue. She said everyone who has surgery deals with scar tissue. But it's only an issue for me if it causes an obstruction. Either way, these complications will be dealt with if they come up.
Afterwards I'm looking at a couple of weeks of fatigue as I recover... and pain of course. She said that when I go to the pre-op clinic a week before, the anaesthesiologist will discuss with me the option of having an epidural to control pain immediately afterwards. Not sure whether that sounds like a good idea or not. We'll see. But after recovery I'm hoping to be a new me. Or rather... the old me of 10 years ago. That would be awesome! The surgery is at the end of March so I have two months to gain weight, exercise my heart, and prepare. I'm scared and anxious, but also hopeful and impatient to be rid of this aching stabbing pain that won't go away.
Surgery here I come, wish me luck!