Diverticulitis Surgery Complications

Jun 17, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Buzzle.com

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.

Comments
341 - 360 of 378 Comments Last updated Friday Jul 25
Mary

Barrigada, Guam

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#344
Oct 10, 2012
 
I am almost four weeks out from a sigmoid colon resection (took 10 inches) laperoscopic. Had repeated infections for about two years. Here's my question. About a week ago my incision started hurting, it had been pretty absent any real pain (I was on Motrin)for at least two weeks. So I looked carefully at the incision and discoveed that there appeared to be a hole, an opening. It did not look infected but open was bad enough. My best guess is that going for a hike 2.5 weeks after surgery and then all the houseclearning I did at about 3.5 weeks really did not help. I am worried because I am back to having to use pain meds, and obviously injured myself. Went to see a local GP for follow up about the incision, was steri stripped closed and given antibiotics and told to do nothing demanding physically. I am concerned because I live in a part of the world where if anything serious were to happen I have a three hour plane trip to first world medicine. I felt so good after surgery I just didn't realize that too much activity could do me damage. Any suggestions? Should I stay home from work for a week or so?

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#345
Oct 10, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Mary wrote:
I am almost four weeks out from a sigmoid colon resection (took 10 inches) laperoscopic. Had repeated infections for about two years. Here's my question. About a week ago my incision started hurting, it had been pretty absent any real pain (I was on Motrin)for at least two weeks. So I looked carefully at the incision and discoveed that there appeared to be a hole, an opening. It did not look infected but open was bad enough. My best guess is that going for a hike 2.5 weeks after surgery and then all the houseclearning I did at about 3.5 weeks really did not help. I am worried because I am back to having to use pain meds, and obviously injured myself. Went to see a local GP for follow up about the incision, was steri stripped closed and given antibiotics and told to do nothing demanding physically. I am concerned because I live in a part of the world where if anything serious were to happen I have a three hour plane trip to first world medicine. I felt so good after surgery I just didn't realize that too much activity could do me damage. Any suggestions? Should I stay home from work for a week or so?
Mary, I would most definitely stay home from work a week or longer and let your body rest so that the hole can begin to heal and close

"Mom" from this forum recommended a product by Abbott Laboratories called "Juven". It aids the body in tissue building; here is the link:

http://juven.com/

You can purchase it online. I did so and used it for the first week I was home. I believed it has helped. Also, try and eat as much protein which also helps in tissue building.

I am so sorry you are going through this. Your story is helpful to the rest of us that try and do too much too soon. I am like you, wanting to go back to normal activities as soon as possible

Good luck Mary!
Heather

Denver, CO

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#346
Oct 13, 2012
 
Hi everyone,
Okay my dad had the diverticulitis surgery a little over two weeks ago. He was hospitalized for a week and then released home. While he was in the hospital he developed an infection that they treated with IV antibiotics. After he came home he developed yet another infection. We took him back to the doctor who performed the surgery and the doctor reopened the wound and left it open. We are packing it with gauze daily and have been since Monday I think. When he went back to see the doctor on Thursday the doctor took tweezers and scissors and cut out a piece of white something inside this gaping hole we had seen when we were packing it. He started feeling really crummy again yesterday and today he's worse again. He has a knot on one side that isn't where the incision is but next to it. He's having a lot of pain and I'm not sure this doctor knows what he is doing. I've been begging him to get a second opinion but he won't do it. Please help please please help. Are any of you experiencing this or did your surgeon reopen the wound? I don't really know what to do but from what I learned last week the doctor had performed this surgery a month ago same complications reopened the wound and the mans intestions were falling out through the hole please help me is this a normal complication or is this doctor just not good at these surgeries...

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#347
Oct 13, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Heather wrote:
Hi everyone,
Okay my dad had the diverticulitis surgery a little over two weeks ago. He was hospitalized for a week and then released home. While he was in the hospital he developed an infection that they treated with IV antibiotics. After he came home he developed yet another infection. We took him back to the doctor who performed the surgery and the doctor reopened the wound and left it open. We are packing it with gauze daily and have been since Monday I think. When he went back to see the doctor on Thursday the doctor took tweezers and scissors and cut out a piece of white something inside this gaping hole we had seen when we were packing it. He started feeling really crummy again yesterday and today he's worse again. He has a knot on one side that isn't where the incision is but next to it. He's having a lot of pain and I'm not sure this doctor knows what he is doing. I've been begging him to get a second opinion but he won't do it. Please help please please help. Are any of you experiencing this or did your surgeon reopen the wound? I don't really know what to do but from what I learned last week the doctor had performed this surgery a month ago same complications reopened the wound and the mans intestions were falling out through the hole please help me is this a normal complication or is this doctor just not good at these surgeries...
Heather,I am so sorry about your father. To continue to be in so much pain is awful. I am two weeks and two days post colon resection. I have not had complications regarding my openings. I do have slight leaking from my largest opening but no infection. Maybe someone on this board can help you.

I see that you are in the Denver area. If you and your family are not confident about your Dad's post care I would suggest you seek a second opinion. This is not something to take lightly.

Here is a list of top colon rectal surgeons in the area:
Schatz, Lisa, MD is considered in the top 1% of top doctors.


Sellers, Graham, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Denver, CO

Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
0.2 mi
Schatz, Lisa, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Denver, CO

Rose Medical Center
3.1 mi
Sgambati, Susan, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Denver, CO

Rose Medical Center
3.1 mi
Nandi, Santosh, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Englewood, CO

Swedish Medical Center-HealthOne
6.5 mi
Sun, John, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Parker, CO

Parker Adventist Hospital
20.6 mi

I do hope you find the answers you are looking forward and I wish your father a speedy and full recovery. I am sending prayers his way.
jimmyoc

Chicago, IL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#348
Nov 21, 2012
 
Hello, 6 weeks out and things are better,tough surgery...having some sharp pains on my leftside,inside...kind of like where they were before...wondering if any one else may have had that issue
thanks, JIm
teresa in tx

San Angelo, TX

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#349
Nov 23, 2012
 
ive been hosp two times and scared this time the pain and sorness bloating has lasted awile cant sleep on my side always got a dull pain feels sweled go to doctor tomorrow they tolde last time my colen wall was weak and theres aboit 7 inches that looked bad had pulops took off a few years back ...preys for me let ya know what happens

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#350
Nov 23, 2012
 
jimmyoc wrote:
Hello, 6 weeks out and things are better,tough surgery...having some sharp pains on my leftside,inside...kind of like where they were before...wondering if any one else may have had that issue
thanks, JIm
Hi Jimmy, I am 7 weeks post op. I have also have had pains/tenderness. My surgeon explained to me that while the colon is healing from the resection, adhesions form causing some pain.

If you feel your pain is constant and increasing I would check with your surgeon. It is always best to be proactive when it comes to your health.
jimmyoc

Chicago, IL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#351
Nov 23, 2012
 
Thank you Love...yes i will check back if the pain gets worse or persists...had a good dinner yesterday, the true test!!
hope alli s well with you.
lovedusty wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Jimmy, I am 7 weeks post op. I have also have had pains/tenderness. My surgeon explained to me that while the colon is healing from the resection, adhesions form causing some pain.
If you feel your pain is constant and increasing I would check with your surgeon. It is always best to be proactive when it comes to your health.
Ernesto

White Plains, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#352
Dec 11, 2012
 
My husband had surgery on September 17 2012 he was doing good but now he is feeling blooded again. He has gain weight and has been eating not so healthy is this to be concern about
Kristina

Hayward, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#353
Dec 11, 2012
 
Ana wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Dale, This road back to health is a bitch. I have back issues but that was true before my surgery on 13 April. Two weeks post-op and I still dealing with surgical pain because they had to leave a drain tube in one incision. Not only is it very uncomfortable but it has really slowed by recovery. I'm walking around like I'm 100 years old. As for dealing with the back pain, I use a heating pad while sitting for about 20 minutes. My husband got me a roll-on gel called Stop Pain at CVS and I've been using it as well. Actually, the latter seems to help more than the heat because my back pain is due more to inflammation than anything else.
I'm sorry you're having a difficult time. My first week home was difficult. I know my recovery isn't what I expected but I suppose the "big picture" is one I'll come to love once this recovery period is behind me. I hope the same will be true for you. One day at a time. Sending you some peaceful and healing energy and hoping your recovery moves along quickly and with greater ease.
When my back was hurting so bad and dr couldn't figure out what was wrong and I request a urine test to see if I had a bladder infection. Man it felt like I was hit by a car! Turns out I had UTI. Was told that I already had infection in the colon during surgery.. They cut 12 inches of my colon and it was adhere to my left ovary, bladder, and small bowels also the layer of my fat. I was in a lot of pain. I never regret this surgery no matter how bad it was. I am not blaming the dr as he did his part. I noticed that people blamed the dr.. I always say they can't predict as each individual are different and go thru the process different.. But we can share the experience to others never wait too long before it gets worst. I was glad I didn't have a bag due to infections!! But anyway glad you are doing good as same for me.. One thing I just can't let go is my experience of the surgery. I am trying to move on as its been 9 months!! I just have to keep reminding myself that I am glad I lost 70 pounds and healthy!! Going to the bathroom is much easier!!
Regards,
Kristina
Melody

Pflugerville, TX

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#354
Jan 1, 2013
 
I've recently been advised to have surgery. What are the pros and cons? I have been suffering off and on for years with diverticulitis. I have always had a high fiber diet along with metamucil every day.
Colin

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#355
Jan 3, 2013
 
I am about to have the operation next week a bit un sure as I am English but live in Saudi Aribia .
George

Estero, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#356
Jan 7, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

Melody wrote:
I've recently been advised to have surgery. What are the pros and cons? I have been suffering off and on for years with diverticulitis. I have always had a high fiber diet along with metamucil every day.
Melody,

My advice is to spend a good amount of time looking through this forum. You wiill find proponents on both sides. Every case is different but with the number of posters here you may be able to find somone's case that closely approximates yours. That being said, your best source for this info is your doctor. Chose him/ her wisely and you wiil get the best advice.
Connie

Toronto, Canada

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#357
Jan 10, 2013
 
Hi Everyone, I am scheduled to have surgery on the 25th of January. I had what i believe was a bout of the stomach flu about 4 days ago and I have been having some discomfort since. Not severe pain just discomfort. Does anyone know what happens if they cut me open and find an infection. I had my blood work done a few days before the Flu, however the infection never shows up in the blood work. I am concerned.
Karrie

Sutersville, PA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#358
Feb 3, 2013
 
After almost 2 years ago of my husband going through an awful time from having this surgery he is now experiencing severe bloating no matter what he eats...was told he may have to have the reconnect cut and reconnected yet again if a ballon doesn't give him relief...anybody experience this sort of thing before??
jason

Hamilton, MI

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#359
Feb 4, 2013
 
I had surgery last week to have a portion of my sigmoind colon removed I was wondering if i should be worried about my testicals brusing and swollen or is it from the cathader
Riley

Wilmington, NC

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#360
Feb 8, 2013
 
I am having surgery next week and am very worried about complications. Actually watched a utube video of colon resection , it was hard to watch but I need to know what is happening to my body. The idea of the staple gun is freaking me out completely anyone else stapled? My surgery is scheduled to be lap unless it has to become open once they he gets there. I also am worried about being sick from the pain meds, any advise would be appreciated.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#361
Feb 8, 2013
 
Riley wrote:
I am having surgery next week and am very worried about complications. Actually watched a utube video of colon resection , it was hard to watch but I need to know what is happening to my body. The idea of the staple gun is freaking me out completely anyone else stapled? My surgery is scheduled to be lap unless it has to become open once they he gets there. I also am worried about being sick from the pain meds, any advise would be appreciated.
Hi Riley, I had a lap resection with staples. I had no problems with them. Try not too worry too much. Stress lowers your immunity and delays the healing process. I know it is difficult but having an elective surgery is so much better than having an emergency one.

Good luck.
Ashley

Nashville, TN

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#362
Mar 6, 2013
 
My grandfather (age 79) is getting the surgery today. We are worried because of his age and if that plays a role if the recovery process. Is this something to be concerned about?? I know every surgery has risk but what is the percentage that things will go south after the surgery? Has anyone else experienced this with and elderly patient? I see that you should walk afterward but what if you were already not able to walk prior to the surgery? Any advice? What foods should he eat and what else can we do to make sure that my grandfather has a full recovery?

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#363
Mar 13, 2013
 
Riley wrote:
I am having surgery next week and am very worried about complications. Actually watched a utube video of colon resection , it was hard to watch but I need to know what is happening to my body. The idea of the staple gun is freaking me out completely anyone else stapled? My surgery is scheduled to be lap unless it has to become open once they he gets there. I also am worried about being sick from the pain meds, any advise would be appreciated.
Riley, how are you doing and how did the surgery go?

Lovedusty

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

•••