Diverticulitis Surgery Complications

Diverticulitis Surgery Complications

There are 381 comments on the Buzzle.com story from Jun 17, 2011, titled Diverticulitis Surgery Complications. In it, Buzzle.com reports that:

While trauma to the surrounding organs, bleeding and infection are the most common diverticulitis surgery complications, administration of general anesthesia may also pose certain risks to those who undergo this surgery.

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Rose

North Hampton, NH

#302 Jun 6, 2012
George wrote:
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I agree. The surgeon's skill is key with this operation whether lap, robotic or open. In my case it was done robotically, but after reading through the surgeon's report, it is clear that even though, it was called a robotic surgery, certain aspects of the surgery are done in a traditional lap manner. The surgeon makes the decision on just what aspects based on his/her own skills and the individual case once the procedure starts. The surgeon advised me of this up front, so it comes as no surprise. Best thing to do is to ask the surgeon how many of the procedures he/she has done and the procedure used including the track record.
Agree wholeheartedly. I remember in 1991 when I was 30 yrs old. I had gallstones and the lap procedure was VERY new for that surgery at the time. I remember the surgeon literally drooling at the thought of doing a lap chole on me. Seriously, he said "I just went to a training in Palm Springs and you would be perfect because you are skinny and most people with gallstones tend to be overweight".. I saw this as code for "you'd make a great training guinea pig"... I nearly bolted from the office. I did eventually find a doctor who had been doing them for 3 or 4 yrs and had quite a bit of experience doing the lap chole. You really do have to be an advocate for yourself at all times.
Gillian

Gillingham, UK

#303 Jun 7, 2012
Just thinking -it seems to me ( I could be wrong) that a lot of people with Diverticular Disease have also had their gall bladders removed ???
natalie

Saint-eustache, Canada

#304 Jun 7, 2012
Gillian wrote:
Just thinking -it seems to me ( I could be wrong) that a lot of people with Diverticular Disease have also had their gall bladders removed ???
If this is an informal poll, here is my answer: I still have my gall bladder!!
Deb

Olivet, MI

#305 Jun 7, 2012
Still have my gallbladder, too.
Toni

Iowa City, IA

#306 Jun 7, 2012
My surgeon was eager to do the surgery robotically - he had trained in it at the Cleveland clinic. But when I asked how many resections he'd performed with the robot, he said 20. I read that it took at least 250 to be skilled. Decided not to be case number 21! I went with the standard lap and glad I did. Three incisions, two are healed after 4 weeks. Walking 2 miles several times a week.
Always ask what experience they have with whatever method they suggest- it's your body.
Matt, sitting hasn't been a problem at any time for me. Best of luck.
Ana

United States

#307 Jun 8, 2012
Rule #1: You have to be your own health advocate. Speak up, ask questions, and don't be afraid to say "no thanks" and get another opinion. It's your body. There are enough unknown risks involved with any surgery that you certainly don't want to increase your risks with a doctor "in training". I know doctors must get their training somehow, just not on me! As for the gallbladder question, I still have mine.

“Hi!”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#308 Jun 8, 2012
Still have gallbladder. Make sure your physician is board certified. Also ask to speak with his/her other patients. Do your research. You must be your own patient advocate.
randy

United States

#310 Aug 8, 2012
TTM wrote:
Hi, I started having problems in march this year which ended with a 5 day stay in hospital and then again in August and yet again another 4 day stay. In the end I decided to go for the operation which I did just two weeks ago and after a rather long 5 hour operation which turned out to be a little more complicated than announced the dr. took away 40cm of intestine to get rid of the inflamed diverticules that have been casing so much problems.
I am still on painkillers as the pain is still quite intense, I am walking a lot as suggested by the dr. and resting as much as possible.
Does anyone know how long it takes to get back on track?
thanks for any helpful info and tips
I had surgery in Sept of2009 then again in Sept of2010 and again in Feb. Of2011 I still have bouts of extreme pain with bloody diarheah and extreme burning during a BMW.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#311 Aug 8, 2012
randy wrote:
<quoted text>I had surgery in Sept of2009 then again in Sept of2010 and again in Feb. Of2011 I still have bouts of extreme pain with bloody diarheah and extreme burning during a BMW.
Hi Randy,

Were your three surgeries all colon resection's?
Jean

Warren, MI

#312 Aug 29, 2012
My colon resection Surgery is in four weeks. Feeling a little anxious but, ready to begin felling better.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#313 Aug 29, 2012
Jean wrote:
My colon resection Surgery is in four weeks. Feeling a little anxious but, ready to begin felling better.
Mine is September 27th. What date is yours? We will probably be recovering at the same time.
Joe

United States

#314 Aug 30, 2012
Mine is going to be October 31st
Patti

Exeter, NH

#315 Sep 9, 2012
Been reading this all day. Go in for surgery the 12th. After my daughter calling me today and questioning my decision to have this done. 52 have been feeling bad since may but my 3rd bout with it my. Have not done a thing all summer. No engery at all my work has suffered terribly because of it. But this week it feel better now after reading I'm question me going in Wednesday + I'm just scared to death. Crying right now
Natalie

Montréal, Canada

#316 Sep 9, 2012
Patti wrote:
Been reading this all day. Go in for surgery the 12th. After my daughter calling me today and questioning my decision to have this done. 52 have been feeling bad since may but my 3rd bout with it my. Have not done a thing all summer. No engery at all my work has suffered terribly because of it. But this week it feel better now after reading I'm question me going in Wednesday + I'm just scared to death. Crying right now
Hi Patty, I think it's normal to feel anxious as you surgery date approaches, I remember being terrified myself.

Have faith in your surgeon, maybe some people who recently had their resection can chime in with advice and encouragement. I had my resection done almost 5 years ago and I never look back except to post here and encourage people to take their health in their own hands. I'm super healthy, I eat anything I want and I'm super excited for all of you who are or who will be better without this disease!!

Please keep posting to vent you fears, ask questions and keep us posted after the procedure!!
Patti

Exeter, NH

#317 Sep 9, 2012
Natalie wrote:
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Hi Patty, I think it's normal to feel anxious as you surgery date approaches, I remember being terrified myself.
Have faith in your surgeon, maybe some people who recently had their resection can chime in with advice and encouragement. I had my resection done almost 5 years ago and I never look back except to post here and encourage people to take their health in their own hands. I'm super healthy, I eat anything I want and I'm super excited for all of you who are or who will be better without this disease!!
Please keep posting to vent you fears, ask questions and keep us posted after the procedure!!
thank you for ur kind words !
Jean

Warren, MI

#318 Sep 13, 2012
lovedusty wrote:
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Mine is September 27th. What date is yours? We will probably be recovering at the same time.
Mine is also the 27th. I'm in the middle of an infection right now. Monday I will go for a CAT scan, so the doctor can get an up to date look at this current infection. So angry I had a flare up right before surgery.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#319 Sep 21, 2012
Jean wrote:
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Mine is also the 27th. I'm in the middle of an infection right now. Monday I will go for a CAT scan, so the doctor can get an up to date look at this current infection. So angry I had a flare up right before surgery.
Jean, how are you doing? Is surgery still on for the 27th of this month? I am doing ok, a bit bloated for the past two days but still am scheduled for surgery next thursday. My doctor has me on one Augmentin a day till my surgery. I had another lovely attack September 1st.

Please keep us posted!
Jean

Warren, MI

#320 Sep 22, 2012
lovedusty wrote:
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Jean, how are you doing? Is surgery still on for the 27th of this month? I am doing ok, a bit bloated for the past two days but still am scheduled for surgery next thursday. My doctor has me on one Augmentin a day till my surgery. I had another lovely attack September 1st.
Please keep us posted!
Yes, surgery is still on for the 27th. Sorry you had an attack too. I'm still on Metro and Cipro. Can't wait to get rid of that metalic taste it leaves. Colonoscopy is set for Wednesday. So no food after Monday. Hope everything goes well for you. We are traveling to a different state for my surgery, I will not be able to update you until we get back. But, I look forward to catching up with you and comparing notes.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#321 Sep 22, 2012
Jean wrote:
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Yes, surgery is still on for the 27th. Sorry you had an attack too. I'm still on Metro and Cipro. Can't wait to get rid of that metalic taste it leaves. Colonoscopy is set for Wednesday. So no food after Monday. Hope everything goes well for you. We are traveling to a different state for my surgery, I will not be able to update you until we get back. But, I look forward to catching up with you and comparing notes.
Jean, I am sending you lots of prayer and positive thoughts for you surgery. I know everything will go beautifully. I will be thinking of you and we shall definitely keep in touch and compare notes.

Have a safe trip!
Jean

Orlando, FL

#322 Sep 30, 2012
I had my surgery on Thursday morning. The doctor said everything went very well. The rest of the day went well for me, I did not use the pump too much, about once an hour. Friday morning the doc came in and had the nurse disconnect me from everything and kicked me out of bed. He told my job for the day was to walk , pee and pass gas. I was given jello, juice,soup and chicken broth. The only thing I wanted was broth. I only got sick once due to the gas in my stomach and getting some painful hiccups. I am surprised by my swollen belly. That causes a lot of discomfort. On Saturday the doctor checked me over and discharged me. Before i was discharged they wanted to see how i managed lunch. It was chicken cordon blu, brocoli and mashed potatoes and flan. All i ate was the flan. I would have preferred one more day in the hospital. The hospital bed makes getting in and out of it much easier. Five o clock this morning was painful. Passing gas and only feel up to fruit smoothies. I have a painful burning sensation when I stand up. Hoping that goes away soon. Love dusty looking forward to hearing from you.

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