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.

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TTM

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Oct 21, 2011
 
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

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Oct 21, 2011
 
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
Hang in there - I am at 4 weeks and I am still moving slow.Surgery is a big ordeal for our bodies to endure and we need patience to get back on track.Rest is good for you-I still have to nap during the day most days or I turn in really early.I only quit with the pain meds 3 days ago.Prayers are with you!
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Oct 21, 2011
 
TTM,You seem to be doing all the right things towards healing. Walking and plenty of rest are the best things you can do at this time.

A resection is major surgery,whether you had it done by lap or open surgery. I had the open op,but I think most people, including those who had the lap, would agree that it was about 6 weeks before they felt anything like normal. It takes the body a year to completely heal after this op - although You will feel 'back to normal' well before that.

You will probably be sore for a while,because everything inside is moved and stretched about during the op to get to the colon. Because of this, you may ache when passing water -this is normal.

It's also normal to have excess gas to start with; walking really helps to get rid of this.

Just take it easy, eat a little and often of things you fancy if you have a small appetite at the moment, and get as much rest as you need.

Good luck,I hope you continue to have an uneventful recovery.
Lynn

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Oct 21, 2011
 
Hi all
Can anyone tell me about how much the surgery cost
I am scheduled for lap but he said I may have to have open because the diver is in the sigmoid
Upper descending and I have a restricted on the r side so if that needs to come out it will be open
I have insurance but I have to pay a % myself
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Oct 24, 2011
 
Pained in SC wrote:
<quoted text>Hang in there - I am at 4 weeks and I am still moving slow.Surgery is a big ordeal for our bodies to endure and we need patience to get back on track.Rest is good for you-I still have to nap during the day most days or I turn in really early.I only quit with the pain meds 3 days ago.Prayers are with you!
Hi kim, thank you for being so caring and the helpful info. I wish you also all the best with your recovery, Take care Tracy
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Oct 24, 2011
 
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TTM,You seem to be doing all the right things towards healing. Walking and plenty of rest are the best things you can do at this time.
A resection is major surgery,whether you had it done by lap or open surgery. I had the open op,but I think most people, including those who had the lap, would agree that it was about 6 weeks before they felt anything like normal. It takes the body a year to completely heal after this op - although You will feel 'back to normal' well before that.
You will probably be sore for a while,because everything inside is moved and stretched about during the op to get to the colon. Because of this, you may ache when passing water -this is normal.
It's also normal to have excess gas to start with; walking really helps to get rid of this.
Just take it easy, eat a little and often of things you fancy if you have a small appetite at the moment, and get as much rest as you need.
Good luck,I hope you continue to have an uneventful recovery.
Hi Gillian, Thank you also for taking the time to reply, I really appreciate it and i wish you all the best for the future, take care Tracy
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Hi TTM, first of all, although it's sad you had this rotten disease, bravo for having the surgery and welcome to the rest of your life!!! After my resection, they put me on pain meds while in the hospital. After 2 days, I refused them and only took over the counter pain meds because I was dizzy all the time from the narcotics. I was sent home with a smile and no restrictions other than no heavy lifting. Took me about 3 months to feel "right" and have my energy back. Took a year to be totally pain free and I'm SOOOOO happy of the outcome.
Keep posting how you're doing, ask questions, we're a friendly bunch here!!!!!!!!!!
Tracy -TTM

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Oct 25, 2011
 
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Hi TTM, first of all, although it's sad you had this rotten disease, bravo for having the surgery and welcome to the rest of your life!!! After my resection, they put me on pain meds while in the hospital. After 2 days, I refused them and only took over the counter pain meds because I was dizzy all the time from the narcotics. I was sent home with a smile and no restrictions other than no heavy lifting. Took me about 3 months to feel "right" and have my energy back. Took a year to be totally pain free and I'm SOOOOO happy of the outcome.
Keep posting how you're doing, ask questions, we're a friendly bunch here!!!!!!!!!!
Hi, thanks for replying and yes this forum is working out to show that you are a real friendly bunch and it feels so good to share these problems and having so many people coming back with reassuring answers and that I am not alone.
For the moment the pain is still very strong and I am still on the medication Tradonal, sleeping is a real problem and I am waking every 2-3 hrs. However I am sure that this will get better with time.
I have also been reading through lots of the messages posted on this Forum and did not realize that there were so many people suffering from Div. until I got this in March this year I had never even heard of it before.
As you kindly suggested I will keep asking questions and looking forward to all your answers.
Thanks for your support.
Take care Tracy
Gillian

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Oct 25, 2011
 
Tracy, take the pain meds for as long as you need them, there is nothing like pain for pulling you down and making you feel miserable. Anything you can take to ease it is a good thing.

It took me about a month - 6 weeks before I could sleep comfortably at night - I remember wondering whether I would ever be able to sleep on my side again -but of course , I got there in the end.

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Oct 25, 2011
 
natalie wrote:
Hi TTM, first of all, although it's sad you had this rotten disease, bravo for having the surgery and welcome to the rest of your life!!! After my resection, they put me on pain meds while in the hospital. After 2 days, I refused them and only took over the counter pain meds because I was dizzy all the time from the narcotics. I was sent home with a smile and no restrictions other than no heavy lifting. Took me about 3 months to feel "right" and have my energy back. Took a year to be totally pain free and I'm SOOOOO happy of the outcome.
Keep posting how you're doing, ask questions, we're a friendly bunch here!!!!!!!!!!
I agree with you especially about the friendly bunch!I learned more from the site in a few hours than from all the medical personnel combined.I would like to thank Gillian the most-her knowledge has been a Godsend!
Tracy -TTM

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Oct 25, 2011
 
Gillian, you are giving me more answers and information than any doctor or Nurse has done this year.

Keep up the helpful info this is fantastic

Take are tracy
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Oct 25, 2011
 
Hi all, I only found this site AFTER I had the surgery and went through all the cr** with the help of friends and family only. So, thanks to Joy for starting it and continued success to us all!!!
Gillian

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Oct 26, 2011
 

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I think that it is only the people who have been through this that have a clue about what you are going through. The surgeons do their bit and then send you home and think they have done their bit by getting you 'back to normal'- they seem to have no idea about the recuperation period and sometimes seem genuinely puzzled if you ask questions about things that are bothering you!
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Oct 31, 2011
 
I had the open surgery 5 weeks ago. Took pain killers the first four. Broad spectrum antibiotics killed my good bacteria. when I came home from the hospital I was on antibiotics for 10 days ,then my diarrhea got worse . I had to give a lab sample , and they said I had C diff! that's a dangerous bacteria that overrides your digestive system, keep you from gaining weight ,give you bad gas and diarrhea. they put me on vancomycin to kill of the bad bacteria . it took about 4 days before bowel movement started getting to normal . I was fortunate enough to have good insurance ,I was prescribed 60 pills , I was told it take 2 pills every 8 hours . 60 pills was 3600 dollars ! unbelievable huh? with my insurance it was only 135 $. today was the first day that I could wear pants because of swelling and bloating. just starting my 6 week after surgery . I'm 52 , it was an excellent health , but surgery really kicked my butt! it just takes a while to get all of your energy back , and your appetite . sleep and exercise are the 2 biggest keys to recovery . I hope this was of some help to others who are going to a rough time ........ Sam
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Nov 1, 2011
 
Hi Sam, It seems that you had a very rough ride but I see that you are getting on just fine. This seems to be a very expensive surgery and a lot of pills but I am sure it is all worth it to get your health back on track. I am now 3 1/2 weeks after the op and I am still taking the pain killers, not sleeping at all very well but am still walking and resting a lot.

Good luck and keep us posted

Take care Tracy
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Nov 1, 2011
 
Tracy, I finally got to wear pants & feel like a human being again. I had difficulties sleeping on my sides until after my 5th week. I'm feeling pretty good & halfway through my vancomycin to rid me of the C-Diff bacteria. Watch how much fiber you get, I wasnt aware to be on a low fiber diet for a while , to give your body time to digest the food . I ate some frosted mini wheats , & honey oat bread , and paid the price ......Its something the doc didnt tell me....along with lots of other things they didnt tell me. You should be just about to the point where walking isnt too bad, maybe a little short on breath. They left a drain hole in my incision. As soon as the drainage slowed & was clear, which is where you might be now, I started leaving it uncovered at night & it started drying up & closing nicely. This is my 6th week & ride stationary bike 5 minutes a day & 10 situps every other day not to over do it. I was #185 & got down to #150. Im 6' tall so couldnt afford the weight loss. Lost alot of muscle. Back to construction work in three more weeks. I hope im ready physically. Keep in touch.....Sam
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Nov 2, 2011
 
Sam, are you sure you should be doing sit-ups so soon after the op? I would check with your doctor.

Exercise is good after the op, but anything that puts pressure on the abdominal muscles can result in a hernia where the incisions were made.
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Nov 2, 2011
 
Its only a few, I just got my itemized billing from the surgeon , & I wasnt aware that I had a resection of of both the large & small bowel. No wonder I have been struggling. Funny he didnt share this info with me.
I just got to get back into shape to preform my job on the 21st of Nov. Or I will be out of a job. Thanks for your concern.
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Nov 3, 2011
 
My brother (41) has just had open surgery. A 2nd infection has now set in, wound being cleaned & drained every 6 hours but it has set him back and is so depressed. He won't accept any visitors or calls. He still has the 'bag' and was hoping to go home today (day 8) but it looks like he didn't realise how huge the surgery and recovery time is.

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Nov 3, 2011
 
Kate wrote:
My brother (41) has just had open surgery. A 2nd infection has now set in, wound being cleaned & drained every 6 hours but it has set him back and is so depressed. He won't accept any visitors or calls. He still has the 'bag' and was hoping to go home today (day 8) but it looks like he didn't realise how huge the surgery and recovery time is.
I am sorry he is having such a rough time of it.Get him to read this forum - it sure helped me to know I was not the only one suffering with this disease.He is in my prayers!

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