has surgery and i do feel better...ho...

has surgery and i do feel better...hope this helps some of you

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taboo

Denver, CO

#1 Apr 29, 2006
I had surgery for diverticulitus after 4 major infections and 9 days in the hospital last summer. I finally had the surgery in November and they removed 8 inches of large intestine and an abcess in my large int. as well as 2 inches of my small int.

I was in the hospital for 8 days after the surgery and i have a scar running vertical from my belly button to my pubes.

Now being late april, i am still feeling the effects, specifically where the large piece was removed as well as where my incision was. I have not had any infections and I supposedly can eat what I want(including sesame bagels and strawberries) but that doesn't always seem to be the case, i have to be very careful of what i eat otherwise my extremely sensitive system will react. As long as i have my vegis every day it is not too bad. I am a 36 yr old female.

I did just also go back in 2 weeks ago for Laproscopic surgery lloking to remove a cyst on my ovary, but all they found was ALOT of scar tissue that they removed. I am feeling some pain from that still but i already feel the improving effects of no scar tissue.

I have been on Nuerontin(nerve pain) for long awhile and Ultram since my November surgery and finally off the ultram for the most part as of a week or so ago and just on nuerontin and advil. My dr just prescribed another batch of Ultram which works wonders for me and allows me to function at work without the extreme pain, but i could see myself getting addicted to it because it makes me feel like superwoman. Immediately after the surgery they gave me percosets and a strong dosage for it as well.

hopefully i will not have any more in the future and hopefully the effects(nerve pain in my intestines, a constant painful knawing feeling) will go away after awhile. I have been dealing with pain for awhile and never knew what it was until this past summer.

Good luck and i hope that this helps.
taboo

Denver, CO

#2 Apr 29, 2006
I also have to say I am much better off since having the surgery now(i think) than i was before it.

I do feel pain, but I am not having the issues that i had prior and i can eat seeds and whatnot.

Anyone who has had this severly and is considering surgery hope this helps. I did NOT have to have a bag(thankfully) and I am sooo lucky. The bag is for many the only option and then just adjusting lifestyle to allow for it.

hope you all feel better
lou

Naples, FL

#3 Oct 1, 2006
I'm 54 and I had my surgery on july 12th this year...12 weeks later I feel human agian...the only pain I have is from the scare and I just recently started to ride my bike agian. I drink a 8oz glass of prune juice for fiber every morning to keep me regular and it works. I'm back to normal eating yet I'm still scared that it may come back. I watch my diet carefully and hope for the best.If you decide to have the surgery make sure you do your home work first about the surgeon!
diverticulitus NO fun

AOL

#4 May 14, 2007
i was hospitalized 3 times in 2006 because of recurring infections.well needless to say the the diverticulitus got the best of me and had 12 inches of my sigmoid colon removed april 28th 2006.cut me from 3 inches above by belly button to the pubic hairline.long recovery,then about 6 months after, was having some pain again,went to the dr.s had all the test only to discover i had a cyst where they connected the colon and more diverticulitus,so i underwent my second colon ressection operation removing 5 more inches.total from both is 17 inches,that was jan 5th 2007,where i was cut in the same incision but this time from my sternum down to the pubic area again.another long recovery its been 5 months now but having pain once again and now have to go to the hospital for a ct scan they think it may be back since im having the same symtoms,along with some swelling and pain in the lower left pubic area.i just cant win i have been so careful not to eat seeds and everything .they said if i were to have another surgery i would be looking at having a colostomy,and that just really bothers me.so im hoping the ct scan will show everythings normal but with my luck it will not be..my scar is still tender and not healed from 2 surgerys in the same incision..im to young for this im a 38 yr old male.. or so i thought i was to young.so good luck to everyone who has gone through this difficult and trying procedure..wish me luck please.
lisa

Duluth, GA

#5 May 15, 2007
good luck to anyone facing this surgery. I had mine this past april 18th, feeling good, tire very easily and have alot of oozing from the incision site. I have had traces of blood in some but not all of my stools. Has anyone had the oozing and often had traces of blood in their stools after surgery. like I said its been since april 189almost 1 month) just wondering if the traces os blood are normal. The doc knows about the oozing and said to let it drain. I didnt tell him about the now and then blood traces. someone let me know...thanks,,,lisa ,oh hey tina, if your in the site- hang in there!
goldy

Delhi, India

#6 Aug 1, 2007
hi, my husband is suffering from sigmoid diverticulis from last 11/2 yrs. Doctors have suggested surgery but We are so confused that weather we should go for laproscopic surgery or the open traditional surgery... please guide me, we are very confused.. he is only 36 yrs old with lots of responsibility on him. thanks.
Leo

Brantford, Canada

#7 Aug 1, 2007
Hi Goldy,

I went in for laproscopic and ended up with a covsersion to traditional surgery. If they can do it with the laproscope than I suggest that way. The recovery is easier and quicker. I know I was cut open and it takes much longer and now I have a hernia to.
Chriss

Oceanside, NY

#8 Aug 1, 2007
Leo wrote:
Hi Goldy,
I went in for laproscopic and ended up with a covsersion to traditional surgery. If they can do it with the laproscope than I suggest that way. The recovery is easier and quicker. I know I was cut open and it takes much longer and now I have a hernia to.
Leo,

how did your test come out last week..haven't seen you posting..
Leo

Brantford, Canada

#9 Aug 2, 2007
Must of been okay beacuse no call from the docter. My next appointment is Aug17th and then a Colonoscopy soon after. Next steps after that, unless of course I have another attack and then he will do it now.I fell like a medical nightmare..
Chriss

Oceanside, NY

#10 Aug 2, 2007
Leo wrote:
Must of been okay beacuse no call from the docter. My next appointment is Aug17th and then a Colonoscopy soon after. Next steps after that, unless of course I have another attack and then he will do it now.I fell like a medical nightmare..
You might have to have another re section done??....or will issue resolve itself....keep your head up..is your plumbing working ok etc...
take care and let me know what's up...
Leo

Brantford, Canada

#11 Aug 3, 2007
Yes, I may need another resection. This time my bowl perforrated and usually it is standard to have the resection because the perforrations leaves a weakness. Since I already had one resection the doctor is taking is slow to see if I can recover, he has never had a case where he has had to perform 2 rescetions for diver.
goldy

Delhi, India

#12 Aug 3, 2007
hi there, thanx for ur response. The problem is that if i go to a laproscopic surgeon, he is confident of doing it his way, but if i go to a traditional surgeon, he says it is better to go his way... And my gaestro who has diagnose this problem wants us to go traditional way ... but i m too scared , i want laproscopic as it seems better and recovery is faster... what should i do?thanx .
Biker

Polk, OH

#13 Aug 3, 2007
goldy wrote:
hi there, thanx for ur response. The problem is that if i go to a laproscopic surgeon, he is confident of doing it his way, but if i go to a traditional surgeon, he says it is better to go his way... And my gaestro who has diagnose this problem wants us to go traditional way ... but i m too scared , i want laproscopic as it seems better and recovery is faster... what should i do?thanx .
Hi Goldi. I chose lap surgery over the traaditional. Why? Because the lap surgeon knew how to do lap surgery (over 300 surgeries); the traditional surgeon did not do lap surgery. My logic used was, "What is better, a couple of small incisions or a large one?" It amazed me that after all the publicity regarding the success of lap surgery that the traditional surgeon did not embrace it
rye

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#14 Aug 19, 2007
my mother had surgery due to an infection with diverticulitis and is now with a colostomy. She is in the hospital two days after surgery and her white blood cell is high. any comments
Leo

Brantford, Canada

#15 Aug 20, 2007
Hi Rye,

This happened to me the last time I was in the hospital. I believe it could mean 2 things, but always talk to your doc about these things.

1. Infection

2. Low iron from lack of eating.

I have had both of the above with a high white count.
Susan

Southfield, MI

#16 Jun 15, 2008
I had my Diverticutitus surgery 10 weeks ago, and I do feel better except for one issue, constipation and the pain associated w/this...my doctor's visit is next week,but if anyone can relate or suggest treatment or provide advice, I'm all ears.
Doyle

Canada

#17 Jun 16, 2008
Susan wrote:
I had my Diverticutitus surgery 10 weeks ago, and I do feel better except for one issue, constipation and the pain associated w/this...my doctor's visit is next week,but if anyone can relate or suggest treatment or provide advice, I'm all ears.
I had the operation 7 weeks ago and I take Metamucial daily and somethimes twice a day. It's a fiber supplement. Both my surgeon & Doctor recommended it. It's a powder you mix in a glass of water and you can also take it in pill form. Ask your doctor about it. It works for me.
Doyle
Patrick L

Langhorne, PA

#18 Jun 17, 2008
I had the surgery (lap) 18 days ago. Yesterday was the first day I actually felt stronger than the day before. The Dr told me I'd feel "tired" for up to 12 weeks, boy was she right! All I want to do is sleep and I am NOT on any meds.
I've been able to eat anything I want, but I find myself most comfortable eating the way I should have been eating the past 47 years. Lots of fiber! Fiber 1 for breakfast and apples, bananas, brocolli, carrots etc the rest of the day.
My surgeon did mention I should "consider" adding a fiber supplement to my diet. Does anyone have any opinion of what they think the bestone is?
steph

United States

#19 Jun 30, 2008
my husband had surgery 4 weeks ago he was feeling great until 2 days ago. he started feeling constipated and a lot of pressure below his stomach. he is very worried because this is how he felt before he had the surgery. he is constantly on the toilet and has no relief.

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#20 Jun 30, 2008
Steph,

Sorry your husband is going through this (you too). Has he called the Dr? Has he been eating right? Could it be something "normal" like a stomach bug etc...?

I'm 30 days post op today and my gas pains etc are behind me, so I do not know what to offer up.

Did he have lap surgery or regular surgery? How much of his colon did they take? Was is elective or emergency?

Not sure how to answer, questions keep popping up. If you and he are that concerned, call the Dr. PLEASE!

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