Post Sigmoid Colon Rescetion

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Since: Jul 08

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Oct 14, 2008
 
Hello friends,

I have had my surgery last tuesday Oct. 7, wasnt to bad, lots of pain when i woke up, but i am progressing slowley here. I have a few questions for the experienced, lol
1. After how many bowel movents will you not see any blood ?

2. I have eaten on Saturday, breakfast lunch and dinner then breakfast sunday and finally had my 1st bowel movement on sunday afternoon, i cam home sunday and have been eating my three meals a day and up until now i have had a small bowel movement, with blood in it again, i kinda felt constpated, has anyone had the same feelings or problems?

3. when the hek does the itching go away from the staples, lol

please some one have an answer for me, i dont know if i should call the dr or not?

phil

Since: Jul 08

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Oct 14, 2008
 
by the way, sorry for being so grafic on the questions, im just a little worried.
phil

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Phil,

Did you have open or lap surgery?

I had lap surgery on a Friday night. Was home Monday morning, first bm was Wednesday, no bleeding from the bm at all ever.

I did not have the constipation, I was very surprised, I could eat whatever I wanted to, just smaller portions.

I'm betting the staples in your incision are itching! I hated the tape! I swear I took a pain pill to not feel the raw skin from tape rather than the pain from the incision! My wound was actually partially open for almost 4 months. I had "an almond size opening of ??? skin". I can't remember the exact words the doctor used to describe the wound, I think she called it granulated skin, but I had to actually tuck a gauze pad into the wound to keep it open, they want you to heal from the inside out and not have the skin close first.

Itching wasn't really a problem but the skin around my incision was raw from tape for a couple months.

Feel better!!!

And call the doctor, let him earn the $20,000 for the surgery...LOL!

Since: Jul 08

Edison, NJ

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Hello Patrick,
Thanks for getting back. Actually after i wrote this i had a almost reg bowel movement, i just think i may have eaten to much so i am cutting down my portions. my incisions are doing well, i have 21 staples in all and they closed up well, i go next wednesday to have them removed. other then that just alot of discomfort from having the abdominal cut. i had the lap i have a 1 inch inc. above my belly button and a 1 inch inc to te right of me belly button and then like a 5 to 7 inch inc by my bikini line,( not that i wear bikinis ) so not to bad over all, i just hope my problem is gone.
phil

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Oct 15, 2008
 
WOW I just realized you guys are talking about discomfort from the lap surgery, My surgeon says he may have to cut me from above the groin area on up. Now I am really scared. I have had surgery before appendectimy and cbge How bad is this one going to be. My cardio guy told me its very painfull. How bad is it????

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Oct 15, 2008
 
hey a fellow new yorker... it is not that bad, just remember they cut your abdominal wall so it is painful but not to bad, main thing is to get up and walk as soon as possible.\phil

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Oct 15, 2008
 
Thanks for the advice Phil I will certainl tske it. Also Patts advice. I have to have a nuclear stress test tomorow because cardio wants to make sure. Then I am heading south to A/C to clear my head LOL

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Oct 16, 2008
 
Field,

Compared to the open surgery, it seems the lap surgery is a piece of cake. Another member of our site had open surgery Monday and is much more uncomfortable than I ever was, and has questions I can't answer because I did not go through it the same way.

Not to scare you, but I have heard the open surgery is much more painful.

Patt

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Oct 16, 2008
 
Wll it's three days and the other person is on the computer.. that's a good sign. I am off for the cardio test now.

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Oct 16, 2008
 
Good luck in A/C.
Charlotte

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Oct 19, 2008
 
Today I am leaving the hospital after having open surgery to remove my sigmoid colon. My surgery was Monday afternoon, and I'm leaving today, Sunday, two days ahead of schedule.
The worst part was not eating for 5 days post op and the gas pain.
Once I passed gas, I felt much better.
I have 27 staples and they do not bother me.
I also have a binder which for me aggravated the gas by pushing on the area, instead of letting it jump around freely.
I'm looking forward to feeling normal again without the worry of attacks.
Good luck to all!
A big thanks to Patt for being my friend throughout the attacks and surgery.
Connie

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Oct 20, 2008
 
Field,

It was no fun (I am 5 weeks post) I had a full and they cut me from right below the breast bone all the way down to above pelvic bone. They give you plenty of pain meds and you will sleep through the worst part of it. I was in the hospital for 5 days, the first 2 are a blur. Be sure to walk as soon as you can, they said that helps move the gas out which can be painful.
You will be fine.. I think the worse part is the worrying before!
Connie
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Oct 20, 2008
 
Hey connie my first to days were a blurr also I never felt so sick my whole life. I only got cut from the belly button down to the pelvic so i can imagine what you went through. Im syill recovering day by day and sometime i have pain that lingers 20 minutes. I usually slept on my stomach before surgery so it was hard to sleep on my back. The pain was so bad I could not sleep on my side for 5 weeks. I see doc tomorrow for reconnect then I get to do this all over again. I sure hope it is not as bad as recovery surgery
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Oct 20, 2008
 
Mark,

Wow, so you have to go back for a reconnection, have they said if that is not as bad?
was your emergency or planned before hand?
It was hard for me to sleep on my side too, and I hate sleeping on my back.
I sure feel for you to have to go back and have things reconnected. How long ago was your first surgery?
Connie
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Oct 20, 2008
 
I had a rupture on Aug 3 and then a blood clot surgery on my spermatic cord on the 12 of Aug. I go into tomorrow to see my doc about the reconnect I dont think Im ready yet maybe in a month. I laid in bed for a month after surgery surgery knocks the crap out of your stamina. Im on no pain meds but im takining acetimophen daily. Plus I take zanux for my anxiety when I start to start thinking to much. I hope the dont cut me off that its my only out or Ill start drinking alcohol again.

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Oct 20, 2008
 
One day at a time Mark

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Oct 20, 2008
 
Oh BTW Phil in A/C I was winning and gues what gave it all back and then some.... bad time to go with all this on my mind LOL
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#18
Oct 20, 2008
 
Hang in there Mark! At least you have us other bored people healing to talk to!
Let us know what the Doctor says please.

Take care,
Connie
Charlotte Miller

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Oct 20, 2008
 
Patrick L wrote:
Field,
Compared to the open surgery, it seems the lap surgery is a piece of cake. Another member of our site had open surgery Monday and is much more uncomfortable than I ever was, and has questions I can't answer because I did not go through it the same way.
Not to scare you, but I have heard the open surgery is much more painful.
Patt
Hi Everyone,
I am proof, open surgery does not have to be that bad. This is just my opinion, since I have had over 35 or more surgeries in my life.
This was my fourth abdominal surgery. There are so many factors, one being your overall health going in, what you expect, your surgeon's skill and your ability to heal, and if you follow post op instructions.
There is no cookie cutter answer to which is going to hurt more. Obviously with the laproscopic approach, there is less cutting, but the staples do not bother me and my incision is a good 9".
I am now day 8 post op from open colen resection. I wear a binder, I had a BM today with no blood, I even went out for a walk at the local Trader Joe's and my main pain medication is 600 mgs of motrin. I took a percocet tonight which is only the 5 mg, not the 10 and I feel fine.
I actually wonder if not given any food for the first five days post op has anything to do with how mentally alert and alive I feel, like a cleansing.
It was tough and I had severe hunger pains, only allowed to have some ice chips. I had a lot of pain which is why they make narcotics to keep you comfortable. I actually needed the patient controlled pain pump, which was and is a wonderful help, instead of waiting for the nurses to come.
If anyone wants to discuss any specifics with me, feel free to write me at:
philylady@hotmail.com
Good luck everyone and thanks to Patt for his support before during and after.
Charlotte Miller

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Oct 20, 2008
 
mark wrote:
I had a rupture on Aug 3 and then a blood clot surgery on my spermatic cord on the 12 of Aug. I go into tomorrow to see my doc about the reconnect I dont think Im ready yet maybe in a month. I laid in bed for a month after surgery surgery knocks the crap out of your stamina. Im on no pain meds but im takining acetimophen daily. Plus I take zanux for my anxiety when I start to start thinking to much. I hope the dont cut me off that its my only out or Ill start drinking alcohol again.
Mark,
You are in our prayers. Hang in there and think positive thoughts.
Pick up the book "The Secret".It's a quick read and it will take your mind off, all the "what if's. You'll be fine! Have faith in your surgeon.

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