Diverticulitis Surgery Complications

Jun 17, 2011 Full story: Buzzle.com 378

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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sam

United States

#41 Dec 2, 2011
Ive been taking imodium a.d. to slow things down so my intestines will get used to the fact that food is back! Seems to be doing the trick. It feels good to be back at work. Not so much the work part, but just getting out & around others I guess. Keep me posted, its nice to compare notes! Take care too!
lin

Rutherford, NJ

#42 Dec 3, 2011
sam wrote:
Ive been taking imodium a.d. to slow things down so my intestines will get used to the fact that food is back! Seems to be doing the trick. It feels good to be back at work. Not so much the work part, but just getting out & around others I guess. Keep me posted, its nice to compare notes! Take care too!
HI Sam, im sure it feels nice to be back to work,im going crazy it will be 6 weeks on monday, i don't have any problems going to the bathroom,the blood had stop so i gues is ok i go to the doctor next week, im able to stay up longer so im getting better but sooo slow i may try to go to work next week maybe for 2 days just to get out maybe i can do 5 hours i will ask the doctor, how long ago did u have the surgery? and do u get tired fast ? take care Lin
sam

United States

#43 Dec 3, 2011
Hi Lin! I had my surgery on september 25th. I dont get tired anymore, I have sore muscles, trying to get back into shape. Ive added about 4 pounds this week, up to 170. They moved my belly fat around so even though Im not up to 185, my pants are tight around my waiste. Nothing I can do about that one but maybe situps? Or.....new jeans I guess. The first 4 weeks or so I would get tired fast & so out of breath! I feel pretty good now. 8 hr. Days, plus 2 hrs. A day commuting. Hang in there, you will do great. Keep in touch my friend......Sam
babs

Pittsburgh, PA

#44 Dec 7, 2011
Going to see a surgeon on Dec 13th - just read all of these posts and I am scared to death now! I have had infection 5 times since June - one time hospitalized for IV antibiotics - so they are sending me for surgical consult. Will I be on liquid diet after surgery until healing? Seems like would not want food going through intestines after surgery. Is this surgery a lot worse than gallbladder? Had that done about 8 years ago and was not too bad - but I am older now so I am sure it will be tough. Any thoughts on how often you should have infection before considering surgery?
Thanks for all the shared info!
Deb

Port Townsend, WA

#45 Dec 7, 2011
Babs -

I had infection (and an abscess) about six or seven times from July 9th through the end of October, when I took Flagyl and Cipro (or Bactrim). After the first round of antibiotics, I cut the pills in half, and the pain from infection went away after three days (same as if I had not cut them in half -- this helped eliminate the metallic taste and other side effects of Flagyl). The infection kept coming back about a week to ten days after I took the pills for about seven to ten days.

Then I had 11 inches of my colon removed on Nov 8th (two separate cuts...3 inches of the small intestine and the last 8 inches of my sigmoid colon -- the surgeon said the parts removed were very inflamed), and after four weeks, I'm starting to feel much better, but still have some pressure at the top of the rectum where the colon was rejoined. The pain from the pressure is less as time goes by.

I've been on Vicodin since I got out of the hospital on Nov 11th. 20 500mg pills, then 40 750mg pills, and then 30 500mg pills, but I cut the last 12 in half and will be out of them at the end of this Saturday.

I've been eating a lot of cottage cheese with honey dew melon and cantaloupe, but I have eaten other things at times...1/3 of a KFC chicken dinner, Fortino's pizza, hamburgs, spaghetti and meatballs out of a can, macaroni and cheese, and McDonald's fish sandwich and side salad.

--> The food that I've had the most problems with are Fiber One bars. They cause way too much pressure on my rectum and anus, so after last night, I've decided to wait a while before I eat them again. I think 1/2 bar per day would work okay, but when I eat more than that, I have too much pressure and pain.

The pain from the vertical incision healed up within a couple-three weeks. The most pain has been at the two spots where the colon/intestine were reconnected. My surgeon said those areas should be healed after about six weeks from the surgery date.

I'm very glad that I chose to have the colon resection surgery. I haven't had any abdominal cramps since I had the surgery (that is, cramps when stools are moving through the colon, since the colon is no longer inflamed).

During the time from July 15th through October 28th, I had two CT scans and a colonoscopy (he cut out two polyps).

So, my advice would be to eat soft foods for about six weeks after surgery, take pain medicine to relieve the pain, and add fiber very gradually. Too much fiber in the first few weeks will cause too much pressure at the reconnection areas. I've also added 1/2 teaspoon of Benefiber (and a little Miralax) to my cola at times. When I added too much, I would have more pressure at the top of the rectum. So, I'm currently not adding any Benefiber or Miralax to see what happens. If I get constipated, I'll have to add a little bit at a time to find out what works the best.

Good luck to you!
Lin

Rutherford, NJ

#46 Dec 9, 2011
babs wrote:
Going to see a surgeon on Dec 13th - just read all of these posts and I am scared to death now! I have had infection 5 times since June - one time hospitalized for IV antibiotics - so they are sending me for surgical consult. Will I be on liquid diet after surgery until healing? Seems like would not want food going through intestines after surgery. Is this surgery a lot worse than gallbladder? Had that done about 8 years ago and was not too bad - but I am older now so I am sure it will be tough. Any thoughts on how often you should have infection before considering surgery?
Thanks for all the shared info!
Hi babs , I had 5 infections from feb to nov ,and had the surgery on nov 30th ,I was on liquids for the five days at the hospital ,then soft foods for the next week ,and now dr said I can eat anything I whant ,it is a slow healing, it will be 7 weeks on Monday and I still have to go and lay down about 2 or 3 pm for about an hour or two .I had robotic surgery so I have 6 small cuts they heal really good ,I went to work today for the first time for 5 hours and that was enough I'm a hair dresser so I'm on my feet a lot ,came home about 3pm whent to sleep and been in bead most of the rest of the day ,goin in tomm too .but if u keep getting the infections ,is best to get the surgery, I'm so glad I found this to talk to people that r in ur shoes, good luck I'm here for any questions. Lin.
DianaL

Walnut Creek, CA

#47 Dec 10, 2011
Lin, good to hear from you! You are doing so well. Be gentle with yourself. I am impressed you are working already. You have to old your arms up to do hair and I marvel that you are able to do so already.

Yay!
sam

United States

#48 Dec 11, 2011
I had an abscess August 25th, had it drained, & was back in for major surgery one month later, although I had no prior symtoms. As far as cutting pills in half is really risky, actually stupid because your infection could become resistant if bacteria isnt knocked out the first time around. The end result could be inflammitory bowel disease, where you could have permenant diareaha.
Your body will dictate what & how much you eat. I'm at week 12, & finally through with intermittent diareaha Finally foods with spice, etc. Towards the last 2 weeks took imodioum a.d. a few times so intestines would get used to having food staying in for enough time to build up healthy bacteria for firm stools. Now I feel good as new. Good luck!!!
Babs

Pittsburgh, PA

#49 Dec 11, 2011
Well - I am infected again - seems like so many things I eat will bring it back - I get so sick with it -chills, nausea, exhaustion - so will be glad to see the surgeon this week - Thanks for all the input and suggestions!
sam

United States

#50 Dec 12, 2011
12 weeks of recouperation was well worth it. They were gonna play the same game with me, by pain killers & antibiotics. The second time I refused to be discharged & made them do surgery! The first few days after surgery, you will ask yourself why did I let them do this, but later you wont regret it. Good luck this week! Keep in touch. Sam
Lin

Rutherford, NJ

#51 Dec 12, 2011
DianaL wrote:
Lin, good to hear from you! You are doing so well. Be gentle with yourself. I am impressed you are working already. You have to old your arms up to do hair and I marvel that you are able to do so already.
Yay!
Hi Diana, I work fri for 5 hours and it was too much on my feet , so sat I only did 3 hours ,then came home and rested about 4 hours ,next week I'm going to do thrusday and sat ,about 4hours each day and a day in between off, I gues every week gets better ,it was 7 weeks today since I had surgery.
DianaL

Walnut Creek, CA

#52 Dec 12, 2011
Hiya Lin, I went into the office today for about an hour and a half! I'm 4 weeks out and having been working online and through my smartphone (I'm a Realtor) but don't feel like I can show property. Also sitting for long periods isn't comfortable. Standing or lying are the most comfortable positions.

My bladder still really hurts and the incision on the right side gets really sore but the colon resection area seems totally fine! I know when my belly swells it is time to back off.

Continued recovery and improvement to you!
Babs

Pittsburgh, PA

#53 Dec 13, 2011
sam wrote:
12 weeks of recouperation was well worth it. They were gonna play the same game with me, by pain killers & antibiotics. The second time I refused to be discharged & made them do surgery! The first few days after surgery, you will ask yourself why did I let them do this, but later you wont regret it. Good luck this week! Keep in touch. Sam
Surgery scheduled for Jan 19th - surgeon wants me on antibiotics for 4 weeks before the surgery due to being infected again now - also wants a Barium Enema to check on extent of diverticular disease - he thinks from the CT scans it is localized but wants to be sure. Thanks for your advice - will let you know how it goes in a month.
sam

United States

#54 Dec 14, 2011
Follow his directions so you are not inflamed at surgery time, or you run the risk of having to have a temporary colostomy bag. That would really suck, as well as the fact you would then need a second surgery to reverse the colostomy. Find out what type of surgery so you know what to expect,(laproscopic or open) surgery. Good luck & keep me posted. I ate popcorn, shredded wheat, and chili yesterday with no ill effects. Never thought I would ever make that milestone, however there is light at the end of the tunnel. At least you can enjoy Christmas dinner first. Take care & keep me posted. Sam
Lin

Rutherford, NJ

#55 Dec 14, 2011
Babs wrote:
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Surgery scheduled for Jan 19th - surgeon wants me on antibiotics for 4 weeks before the surgery due to being infected again now - also wants a Barium Enema to check on extent of diverticular disease - he thinks from the CT scans it is localized but wants to be sure. Thanks for your advice - will let you know how it goes in a month.
Good luck Babs we r all here for u , and u will be fine, I when to do some Christmas shopping today and only lasted at the mall 3 hours ,had to home home and rest my shopping is never going to be done o well .
Lynn

Clarksville, MD

#56 Dec 15, 2011
sam wrote:
Follow his directions so you are not inflamed at surgery time, or you run the risk of having to have a temporary colostomy bag. That would really suck, as well as the fact you would then need a second surgery to reverse the colostomy. Find out what type of surgery so you know what to expect,(laproscopic or open) surgery. Good luck & keep me posted. I ate popcorn, shredded wheat, and chili yesterday with no ill effects. Never thought I would ever make that milestone, however there is light at the end of the tunnel. At least you can enjoy Christmas dinner first. Take care & keep me posted. Sam
Thank you Sam
I need really needed the positive feedback

I am on day13 after lap surgery six holes from 3 to 6inches each
And today was my turning point i feel so much better
Stayed out of the bed most of the day
Have my follow up with the surgeon tomorrow
They had to remove my descending and sigmoid colon
They also found a cyst attaching my colon and ovary together so removed it as well
I had my first diagnosed attck on sep 30th required a 4 day stay in the hospital and then 2 more after that
Seemed to be a few days after finishing the 14 day cipro and flagyl regimen eachtime I had a relapse
M last one was nov 2nd came home from hospital after 5 days on flosan
Thatbseemednto kick it bu I stayed on cipro and flagyl then a week before surgery my surgeon stopped the cipro he was worried about c- diff and I took flkagl up until the night before my surgery just to be safe from infection
Sheila

Exeter, NH

#57 Dec 15, 2011
Hi everyone,
I'm 24 hours post op and feel great. I know of course it's too soon to say if I'll stay good or not but I'm willing to enjoy it while I have it. Hopefully it's all good from here. Still on liquids but I've gotten down the hall three times today so the are thinking soft diet tomorrow with no more catheter. Nurses got on me about not using pain pump enough but doctor said if I don't think I need it he was fine with me using it only occasionally. They are taking me off it tomorrow and putting me on oral meds. Hopefully that will be as good. Being optimistic about the whole thing till I have reason not to.
Sheila
sam

United States

#58 Dec 15, 2011
Lynn, they had me on vancomycin, two pills, three times a day, for ten days. I had c-diff. Bad, bad stuff. Pills were $59 each!!!!!!! No joke $3584 for the prescription. Lucky I had insurance huh? Flagyl is cheap, lucky for you, but c-diff has a huge resistance to it, hope it works Remember your intestines provide about 80% of your immune system as well as nutrition to gain your weight back. If things arent working right or not gaining back some weight or constant diareaha, get back to tbe doc. Glad youre doing better, keep me posted..... Sam
natalie

Montréal, Canada

#59 Dec 15, 2011
Sheila wrote:
Hi everyone,
I'm 24 hours post op and feel great. I know of course it's too soon to say if I'll stay good or not but I'm willing to enjoy it while I have it. Hopefully it's all good from here. Still on liquids but I've gotten down the hall three times today so the are thinking soft diet tomorrow with no more catheter. Nurses got on me about not using pain pump enough but doctor said if I don't think I need it he was fine with me using it only occasionally. They are taking me off it tomorrow and putting me on oral meds. Hopefully that will be as good. Being optimistic about the whole thing till I have reason not to.
Sheila
Hi, 4 years ago I had the resection and I was on an epidural for 2 days then put on narcotics for the pain. 24 hours after I refused the narcotics and asked for tylenol instead (the pills made me dizzy and nauseous). It was painful but at least I could walk around without wanting to fall or puke!!! Since then, I get twinges when I'm stressed or tired but ALL is really good. Listen to your body, and have a great healthy life!!! Keep posting to let us know how u r!!!
Nat
DianaL

Sunnyvale, CA

#60 Dec 15, 2011
Sheila, that's excellent!!! Lynn, you are doing so great!!! Sam I love it when you chime in :0) and you too Natalie! It's important for those of us on the other side of surgery to share. There is such an absence of real life information out there about this disease. When I look at all Gillian and others have shared, I am impressed by the generosity.

For me the turning point was basically a full month. Since I hit that last week I have really started to feel better. My energy is coming up as well though I get tired early evening. Back at work for a couple hours a day. I make sure I get walking in.

My two areas of not so good is, even though I have been eating plenty of fiber and now adding more with Metamcil Clear, that train is running behind schedule if you know what I mean. I drink lots of water, have oatmeal with oat bran every morning and good dose of veggies too. The other is the pain I have on my right side from of the incisions. It's like a warning tone letting me know I have to slow it down. The big area directly effected by the abscess and bad colon that they did the resection on does not hurt!

Had some delicious Christmas cookies with almonds, no problem. Pork seems to slow me down and still no interest in beef. I have chicken noodle soup almost every day for lunch as well as an orange.

It gets better and better I guess is what I'm trying to say. We are all so different. Keep up the healing.

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