Justin was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when he was 15 years old. In October 2016, he underwent his first surgery, thanks to major Crohn's inflammation and a resulting bone infection in his sacrum area. His surgeon removed about a foot of his small intestine, a bit of his colon and gave him a temporary colostomy (bag). Following the surgery, he underwent several weeks of IV antibiotics to try to beat the bone infection, but it didn't work. The bone infection is considered "encapsulated" and "inactive," but it remains an obstacle in his care.
February 13, 2018 will bring his second surgery. Two new surgeons will be working on him. The plan is to go in and remove some more of his diseased rectum, reconnect his colon to his small intestines and give him a temporary ileostomy (bag). The ileostomy will still divert his intestines, letting the reconnection heal, then go back in for a later surgery to reverse the ileostomy.
The other piece of the February surgery is this bone infection. His rectum is very close to the sacrum. An orthopedic surgeon will be involved and will go under the rectum to remove as much of the infection he can, then place antibiotic beads on the sacrum to try to kill the infection.
His surgeon expects him to be in the hospital 6-10 days, then he'll remain in Denver for a few weeks to recover before heading back to New Mexico. Justin will be on a course of antibiotics again following the surgery, once they do a little more culturing of the bacteria.
Of course there are no guarantees in medicine, but we hope both in beating the bone infection and successful reconnection to live life without a bag!
If you would like to read more details and history about his Crohn's journey, go here: http://wanderinglavignes.com/2017/01/24/inflamed-yet-untamed-my-crohns-story_24/
Also, a good mailing address for Justin's in Denver is 300 Hudson Street Unit 208 Denver CO 80220.
Otherwise, we will do our best to keep family and friends informed on this CaringBridge website. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.