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@Elif posted:

Staples? Can someone elaborate on the staples? I thought they were not permanent. 

As far as I know, this is correct.  I was told that mine were designed to and did "dissolve" after surgery.  That was in 1992 and I do not know what that actually meant. There is no "hardware" left in my J Pouch, if there were, it would be visualized on abdominal ultrasounds and other tests and commented on by the radiologists.  This has never happened in my case despite many such tests.  

Furthermore if metal was left in your body you would be tripping airport scanners and metal detectors in our Courts, and your surgeon would have some obligation to inform you of these possibilities.  It would be a comedy show if you tripped an airport scanner due to embedded metal and could not explain to a TSA agent what you are carrying inside your body- one that I would not want to act in.

I got this from Colitis Ninja which describes the "modern" procedure and indicates the staples are actually removed transanally and do not "dissolve", so this could represent a difference from what I had done (or from what I was told I had done):

http://colitisninja.com/2016/08/j-pouch-construction/

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