Diverticulitis Attacks, Hospital stays and surgery

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Since: Jul 08

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Jul 5, 2008
 
Hell all Phil here from long island ny, i am 34 years old and have been dealing with this issue for about 4 years now, i finally got the diagnosis that i was looking for, for the past 4 years i have been back and forth to the drs and they finally told me what the problem is. I am getting ready to set up the lap surgeryto remove the defective part of my colon, ANY TIPS ????

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Jul 5, 2008
 
Phil F wrote:
Hell all Phil here from long island ny, i am 34 years old and have been dealing with this issue for about 4 years now, i finally got the diagnosis that i was looking for, for the past 4 years i have been back and forth to the drs and they finally told me what the problem is. I am getting ready to set up the lap surgeryto remove the defective part of my colon, ANY TIPS ????
Well Phil, I definitely agree with going the lap route if you can. After surgery, get up and walk, eat smaller meals and change your diet so it included more fruits and vegetables.

I am 6 weeks post of, had lap surgery and feel great. Heading to Dr Monday and hope the 20 lb restriction will be lifted.

Feel free to ask anything specific you want.

Patt

Since: Jul 08

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Jul 6, 2008
 
ok thanks patrick, i apprecite it, good luck at the drs, but what is the 20lb restriction.....

how long was the surgery , and how much pain did you have the days after he surgery?

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Jul 6, 2008
 
Phil F wrote:
ok thanks patrick, i apprecite it, good luck at the drs, but what is the 20lb restriction.....
how long was the surgery , and how much pain did you have the days after he surgery?
Phil,

At first I was not allowed to lift over 10 lbs, then after the 10th day, when the staples came out, the surgeon raised it to 20lbs. They have to go through your abdominal wall and there's always the chance of hernia if you're not careful. I have a 35 month old son who is 44 lbs, and I have been VERY good! I have not lifted him in over 6 weeks and I am looking forward to seeing him "fly". I did want to complicate this with a hernia.

My surgery was May 30th a Friday (BTW, my surgery was late in the afternoon). I was in the O.R. for about 2 hours. They wheeled me into my room and I had a pump in my abdomen putting a Novocaine like drug into the surgery area. I also had a dilaudid pump through my IV. I was pretty sleepy most of Saturday, my dad and 19 year old son laughed their butts off as I kept falling asleep in mid-sentence, and would wake up 3 or 4 minutes later and finish my thought. I was told the anesthesia had a lot to do with that. BUT, by Saturday evening, I was up and sitting a chair and walking the halls doing laps! Then once I got a good night's sleep, I was pretty comfortable and coherent. I think the walking helps get the anesthesia out of your system.

The Novacaine pump came out on Monday morning. I was told that it had a 3 day supply, it was self contained and would remind you of a billiard ball. That helped a lot! I am sure of that because after it wore off, my incision was annoying.

The dilaudid came out Sunday morning. I hated that feeling! SO I guess I was comfortable enough 36 hours after surgery to have the narcotic removed from my arm. I was allowed to have Percocet, up to 2 every four hours. I took 3 in the next 36 hours, one Saturday and 2 Sunday. It wasn't so much the surgery area that hurt, it was actually the incision that bothered me. The Precocet took enough of the edge off of the incision to allow me to get comfortable to sleep. The darn adhesive from the Novacaine pump made my skin raw too! And it covered an area about 10 inches by 10 inches. I think they tape you together like that to give you some support while your initial incision mends.

I was never really in a lot of pain, I just could not get comfortable enough to sleep laying down. I guess my belly was too big. Also, I was more comfortable in the hospital bed which you can adjust, so I used 3 or 4 pillows at home. And it was more comfortable to stand, sit or walk, than to lay down, but I really think a lot of that has to do with my floppy belly. Instead of 6 packs abs, I have a keg...LOL!

Tell you what, I came home on Monday and took no paid meds all day. Did not need them. I went for a car ride Tuesday as a passenger and stopped about 3 or 4 in the afternoon and got the Percocet script filled. I took one after the ride Tuesday, again, mostly to keep from getting too sore, and one to sleep. I took 2 more Wednesday, same reasons. And one Thursday. FYI, it is much more comfortable to drive than to be a passenger, the wheel gives you a bit more leverage and support and you know when you're turning or hitting a bump. I was able to drive myself around by Wednesday, and took a pill when I got home.

I hope every one is as comfortable as I have been. I feel like an a$$ for putting the surgery off so long, this nothing compared to was it would have been if I perforated!

Patt
Phil F

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Jul 7, 2008
 
Thanks Patt for the info, i am going to be going to the drs next week and also set up to speak with a surgeon......
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Jul 17, 2008
 
Ihave had lapostopy resection for diverticulitis 30 days ago I have had to return to hospital with a abcess the pain in my lower back is still severe can any one tell me how long this goes on for I think I would have reconsidered having the op had I known this pain was to follow.
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Jul 17, 2008
 
I had this procedure done two year's ago and I was thinking the same as you when I got home (was it worth it?). The recovery period was very painful. However, in one to two months I was feeling much better. I ate smaller portions and stayed away from seeds. Once your adcess clears up you will start to feel better. Just always remember what you went through and use caution when getting back to regular food. When your back feels better try to excercise to normalize bowel movements. I wish you all the best Lill.
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Jul 17, 2008
 
thank you Juan
I have been really scared that I will end up back in hospital, but now chat on here and reading post I know that what an feeling is normal
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Jul 25, 2008
 
Phil F wrote:
Hell all Phil here from long island ny, i am 34 years old and have been dealing with this issue for about 4 years now, i finally got the diagnosis that i was looking for, for the past 4 years i have been back and forth to the drs and they finally told me what the problem is. I am getting ready to set up the lap surgeryto remove the defective part of my colon, ANY TIPS ????
Hi Phil,

I have had this for about 2 years and am going to see a surgeon on 8-5. I am curious to see how you are doing.

JBo from VA
TammieLand

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Aug 4, 2008
 
Hi Phil!

I am a 45 year old woman diagnosed four years ago.

For the past year, I had suffered with pain on my left and right side. I thought that it was from the diverticulitis; however, after surgery I was informed that due to my chronic diverticulitis, my bladder had adhered to my colon. Needless to say, the immediate relief of pain due to the bladder adhesion made things much, much, better.

I had elective surgery July 23, 2008 and I am feeling wonderful.

I had the usual nausea, stiffness and the like; however, this was much better than I anticipated.

I've lost 12 lbs to date. I find that I can't yet eat anything spicy or heavy and I have to be very close to a restroom still.

Other than that, I'm great.

I was in the hospital for 4 days.

If I can offer anything else, please let me know.

Tammie
David W

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Aug 14, 2008
 
Hi folks,

I'm going in for lap surgery at Mass General Hospital in Boston next week. Surgeon (Harvard Med Professor) has me fasting for two days of prep (so I'm "nice and clean"), but I figure that's a small price to pay for relief from the divertucilitis attacks. I was pretty shook up when I heard about the possibility of converting the procedure from lap to traditional "open" surgery while you are "on the table," but my surgeon has assured me that this is not a serious probability.

The postings on these message boards are very helpful--providing much insight into recovery times, diet during recovery, anticipated issues, etc.

Thanks for the input. Hopefully, I might have some additional, constructive (and positive!) information to add.

David

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Aug 14, 2008
 
David W wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm going in for lap surgery at Mass General Hospital in Boston next week. Surgeon (Harvard Med Professor) has me fasting for two days of prep (so I'm "nice and clean"), but I figure that's a small price to pay for relief from the divertucilitis attacks. I was pretty shook up when I heard about the possibility of converting the procedure from lap to traditional "open" surgery while you are "on the table," but my surgeon has assured me that this is not a serious probability.
The postings on these message boards are very helpful--providing much insight into recovery times, diet during recovery, anticipated issues, etc.
Thanks for the input. Hopefully, I might have some additional, constructive (and positive!) information to add.
David
David,

I think they have to tell you conversion to open surgery is always a possibility, BUT, I think that if you're cleaned out that won't happen. If you'd like to see what you'll be going though, I posted a link to a video of the lap surgery a few weeks back. Good luck and take care.

Patt
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Aug 15, 2008
 
David W wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm going in for lap surgery at Mass General Hospital in Boston next week. Surgeon (Harvard Med Professor) has me fasting for two days of prep (so I'm "nice and clean"), but I figure that's a small price to pay for relief from the divertucilitis attacks. I was pretty shook up when I heard about the possibility of converting the procedure from lap to traditional "open" surgery while you are "on the table," but my surgeon has assured me that this is not a serious probability.
The postings on these message boards are very helpful--providing much insight into recovery times, diet during recovery, anticipated issues, etc.
Thanks for the input. Hopefully, I might have some additional, constructive (and positive!) information to add.
David
Hi David,

My surgery is for the 20th. I would like to know how you are doing. Best of luck to you.

JBo

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Aug 28, 2008
 
lill wrote:
thank you Juan
I have been really scared that I will end up back in hospital, but now chat on here and reading post I know that what an feeling is normal
:)
Hi Lil!

Hope you are feeling better! FYI, I had my surgery May 30th. I feel great as far as the surgery goes, but the darn incision is still open slightly. I just made an appointment with the surgeon to get the granulated skin removed so it can close all the way.

Hang in there! If the surgery got rid of the diver, it was worth it!

Patt
Denise

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Oct 27, 2008
 
HI, I am suppose to have lap. surgery for diverticulitis. I am so scared. What scares me the most is the tube in your nose for 12 hrs. Does it hurt? I am also afraid of vomiting . Hell, I'm just scared.

Since: Oct 08

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Oct 27, 2008
 
Hi Denise, I am going in for the surgery on Friday I am actually entering the hosp on Thursday. Today I went there for pre op stuff and the nurse told me I would wake up with the same thing. I have had that three times in my life and the worst part is when they put the tube down but we won't be awake for it. I find it DAMN annoying but it realy isn't that bad. What scares me the most is waking up with a colostomy I am terrified of that. She also told me I could almost count on having a full cut. As far as fasting she said to eat normally and that they will be giving me stuff to clean me out. Members here have really been helpful with that area of it. Don;t be scared I am scared enough for both of us LOL

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Oct 27, 2008
 
Denise and Field,

Have you asked the doctor if you HAVE to have the tube up your nose? One of our co-suffers just had surgery and talked the doctor out of the gastro tube and did fine. I did not one either, it was never even mentioned.

Patt

Since: Oct 08

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Oct 27, 2008
 
NEVER thought of that, the nurse said that without it I would be in a great deal more pain. I am definitely going to ask ot opt out. But really Denise it is more annoying than painful.

Since: Jun 08

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Oct 28, 2008
 
I'm not real familiar with the tube, I thought it was to feed you but then it was brought to my attention you're on IV which nourishes you. Then I heard it was to help alleviate gas??? Not sure but I wouldn't want a tube up my nose.

I had lap surgery, started walking next day. Walking helps the gas go away AND gets the bowels moving. It's a common theme in all the posts from other who've had the surgery...walk, walk, walk.
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Oct 28, 2008
 
You can google "value of nasogastric tube after elective colorectal surgery" to read about the pros and cons. Says tube is generally not needed unless there are complications. It is to relieve gas while things are still paralyzed from anesthesia apparently.

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