Getting Robotic Colon Re-Section This Week.
Posted in the Diverticulitis Forum
#1 Jul 13, 2013
I have been battling divericulitis for a few years now. I didn't even know what it was until a little over a year ago. I thought I just kept getting a stomach virus or something. One day it got so bad that I had to leave work early. I went to the doctor, and he sent me right to the emergency room. They did a CT scan, and told me I had an abscess in my colon.
They kept me in the hospital for 4 days. They said it had actualy got into my blood, and had to do blood cultures to make sure they got it all out before they would release me.
I tried to control it with diet, but it kept comming back, and getting worse each time. The last episode, my doctor told my I MUST get surgery, and if I keep putting it off, it will get to the point that it could burst and kill me...:(
Since I ain't got time to die, I set up an apointment with the surgeon that my doctor recommended. He will do the surgery robotically, and I will be in the hospital for 3 to 5 days.
I had to go to like a million apionments for pulminary, cardio, blood work, physicals, stress test, etc. to get cleared for the surgery.
The surgery is this thursday. I have to go on clear liquids starting 2 days before, and start drinking that slimy liquid 2 days before. The night before, I have to give myself an enima (that should be fun), and take a bunch of antibiotics. Then the day of, I cannot eat or drink anything.
I would imagine that after the sergery I cannot eat or drink anything for several days. I am going to be one hungry cranky old fat guy, but thats ok. I can stand to lose some weight...:)
I only have it in the one spot, so they say once I get the surgery, I should never have this issue again. I hope thats true.
Anyway, I just wanted to post this, and say that I have learned alot from reading posts here.
Wish me luck...:)
Since: Jan 12
#2 Jul 13, 2013
Bob Best of luck on your upcoming surgery as far as eating they will have you on IV's and you will not even think of eating then you will get a clear diet for a day or so until you pass gas. as your colon seams to go to sleep for a little while. not a bad thing so may God hold your hand on the up coming Operation
Since: Jun 13
#3 Jul 13, 2013
Hi Bob, im in the same boat...my Doc told me the same thing, get surgery or risk a blow-out with a bag for sure or maybe die. I get my surgery this coming Wed, Lapro left Sigmoid. I wish you the best, im starting to get real nervous as the days count down. This forum has been a life saver for me. Strangely, I didnt get much pre-testing at all. Just a blood test and CT to get a fresh look. They say my damage is all in the lower left colon with a bad constriction/kink from past scar tissue. Got registered yesterday at the hospital and took a tour which helped a little. Again, I wish you the best and look forward to hearing your outcome.
#4 Jul 13, 2013
Bob - you don't need luck - you ll come of the surgery a little beat up but fine. I had a lower colon resection (that's what they call it ) years ago and I couldn't t be happier. I had lapro surgery which is most common except in complicated cases.
It's a very safe operation ( 99.9999 % survival rate) and its considered a cure ( you won't get diverticulitis for another 50-60 yrs!)
You will be 3 - 5 days in hospital - don't lay around in hospital - force your self to get up - sit in a chair - eventually walk around - laying around for days can cause complications.
The first week at home was painful when I stood up - but I was able to get out of bed goto bathroom - take a hand shower etc. Take a Percocet or two - you ll prob conk out on front of tv or in bed and have a 4 hr nap in the middle of the day.
After the first week there is some pain when you move, and I felt tired easy but every day I got more and more energy.
I was walking around at home slowly like an 80 yr old man but I was in control. Third week , walked out side a lot, much less pain ( the pain is not constant , just when u move).
Appetite came back , 4 - 5 week much better board staying at home. Taking lots of walks. Still getting tired but feeling much more strength. 6 th week just about 100 %.
Now I have no diverticulitis, for a year felt a little "lump" no pain where they did the operation. Two yrs later I feel nothing - and diverticulitis gone!
They do thousands of these operations every year . Not treating diverticulitis is dangerous, the operation is the end of the pain.
#5 Jul 14, 2013
I and several others have had this surgery done robotically and have posted about our own experiences. If you've got some time do a search on this Forum and you will find lots of info on it and with answers to your questions that will help perhaps allay your fears. Good luck and best wishes for a most successful outcome.
#6 Jul 17, 2013
My surgery was almost cancelled.
Something came up on my stress test, but they failed to let anyone know until Monday late afternoon. They said I needed a catheterization. I asked them why they did not let my doctor and the sugeon know the previous thursday like they said they wher going to, and I demanded they set me up with the catheterization in time to do the prep and get the surgery.
They set the catheterization up for wednsday, and i had to start the prep 9 hours late, but the surgeon said it should be ok. the test came out with no blockage and i am scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning.
Thank you all for your responses. It eases my mind a little.
I just hope i don't wind up with a bag. I will not be happy at all if that happens.
#7 Jul 22, 2013
Well, they released me from the hospital today.
The surgery was about 4 hours, and recovery from the anastisia was about 2 hours. I was in my room by thursday afternoon, and was totally out of it for the rest of the evening. Did not get much sleep the first night with all the cath, iv, drain tube, and being checked very frequently through the night.
The next day, I was feeling better, but they would only let me wet my mouth with a little sponge on a stick, but i passed gas, and had 2 bowl movements on this day.
started me on clear liquids, and had the cath removed. felt much better (after the cath was removed), had a few more bowel movements, and passing gas. slept better too.
still on clear liquids, still passing gas, and a few bowel movements (getting thicker). Drainage tube was removed (man that hurt). the surgical team and surgeon said I was doing great, and should be going home the next day.
full liquid for breakfast (same as clear liquid except it included cream of wheat). Surgical team and surgeon said everything looks good. Low res for lunch to make sure I could eat solids before they would discharge me. I had cream of pototo soup, a grill cheese sandwich, cranberry juice, black coffee w/sugar, and cheese cake.
My instructions are...
Low res diet for 30 days with no fruits or vegitables, one serving of metemucil every morning, and drink plenty of fluids. After 30 days, he said I can eat anything I want.
every day in the hospital I walked the hallways more and more each day. They gave my a tube that I had to suck air through and get the disc to float up as high as I can on the scale. I had to do it 10 times each hour. By the second day I was getting it all the way to the top...:)
I think that, and all the walking the hallways really helped with getting things moving along, and healing.
For dinner I had a slice of pizza, a small piece of a cheese steak, and a cup of black coffee w/sugar. Later I will have a small serving of grits, and a glass of cran-grape juice before bed.
So far so good, and I will update this thread as time goes by.
Thank you all for your comments, and I would advise anyone having this done to follow the instructions that they recieve (no matter how hard it seems). It really does seem to make a big differeince in getting things moving along through the healing proccess.
Since: Sep 13
#8 Sep 6, 2013
charlie, loved your post. One of the more in depth ones of what to expect post op. I am having the robotic surgery in 3 days and am quite nervouse. But I am printing your reply to keep by my side so I know there WILL be an end to the recovery pain and fatigue. Thank you for sharing your experience!
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