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Cheryl

United States

#1 Aug 17, 2010
I am going to have laparascopically resection in two weeks. Can anyone out there tell me their experiences. I would like to know how long recovery time is and restrictions.
Tracy

Jackson, MS

#2 Aug 18, 2010
Cheryl wrote:
I am going to have laparascopically resection in two weeks. Can anyone out there tell me their experiences. I would like to know how long recovery time is and restrictions.
Hi Cheryl. I am 13 weeks post op. Mine was uncomplicated laparascopic. I had surgery on Tuesday and went home on Saturday. Very little pain for me. Just discomfort mostly. By the time I went home on Saturday morning, I was moving around pretty good. Walk as much as you can without overdoing it. This will be the biggest help to you!!! My diet for the first 2 weeks was bland low fiber. After that, I was told to go on my regular diet. Recovery is different for everyone. I was back at work in 5 weeks. MY life is so much better now since my surgery. I honestly woke up in less pain than before my surgery. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to post and I will answer anything that I can for you. This forum was a blessing for me before I had my surgery. Good luck and God bless :)
Cheryl

Irvine, CA

#3 Aug 18, 2010
Hi Tracy,
Thank you for your reply. I only hope my recovery goes as well as yours did. After going to ER twice and spending 9 days in the hospital I dread going back in. At least right now the infection is gone so its the best time to do the surgery. I like my doctor which helps. One question I had was how old you are. I am usually healthy and very active and work but am in my middle 60's so wonder if I will have a harder time mending.
Hope you continue to feel good!
John

New York, NY

#4 Aug 18, 2010
Hi Tracy,
I am considering the surgery after a perforation that I managed to beat without emergency surgery. The surgeons I have spoken with promise to have me back to work in two weeks! Is this unrealistic? Is there a reason you did not go back to work until five weeks post-op?
Tracy

Jackson, MS

#5 Aug 19, 2010
John wrote:
Hi Tracy,
I am considering the surgery after a perforation that I managed to beat without emergency surgery. The surgeons I have spoken with promise to have me back to work in two weeks! Is this unrealistic? Is there a reason you did not go back to work until five weeks post-op?
Hi John. I can only speak for myself. My surgeon told me the earliest was 4 weeks. I made it back in 5. Even though this is laparascopic, it is MAJOR surgery. I was not allowed to return to a normal diet until 2 weeks post op. Also, not supposed to lift anything over 10 lbs for 6 weeks. For me, 2 weeks would have been impossible. My best advice is listen to your body. It will tell you when you are ready :) Everyone is different. Good luck to you John! I wish you the very best.
Tracy

Jackson, MS

#6 Aug 19, 2010
Cheryl wrote:
Hi Tracy,
Thank you for your reply. I only hope my recovery goes as well as yours did. After going to ER twice and spending 9 days in the hospital I dread going back in. At least right now the infection is gone so its the best time to do the surgery. I like my doctor which helps. One question I had was how old you are. I am usually healthy and very active and work but am in my middle 60's so wonder if I will have a harder time mending.
Hope you continue to feel good!
Hi Cheryl. I am a 43 year old female. I had been sick with diver for months before my surgery. I had lost a lot of weight as well. I was not in the best health at the time of my surgery, but all went very well. No complications. One thing I will tell anyone, is my doc told me 6 months before I felt completely like myself again. The main thing for me has been I get tired by the end of the week. But, I have noticed each week my energy level is better. He also put me on Ensure plus which really helped me. Good luck Cheryl!!!
Cheryl

United States

#7 Aug 19, 2010
Tracy
Thank you for the information. I have had 3 months of diver and still have less energy, especially after work. What foods could you eat on your bland diet? You said you were able to eat regular food after 2 weeks. Was that low fiber or could you go back to eating high fiber?

Also wanted to ask you if you needed help after you left the hospital.

So happy to hear you had a successful surgery and hope your recover quickyl

Cheryl
Tracy

Jackson, MS

#8 Aug 19, 2010
Cheryl wrote:
Tracy
Thank you for the information. I have had 3 months of diver and still have less energy, especially after work. What foods could you eat on your bland diet? You said you were able to eat regular food after 2 weeks. Was that low fiber or could you go back to eating high fiber?
Also wanted to ask you if you needed help after you left the hospital.
So happy to hear you had a successful surgery and hope your recover quickyl
Cheryl
Hi Cheryl. My bland diet was basically soups, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, rice, white bread. No raw veggies, fruits or even cooked veggies unless they were cooked to mush. They really want your colon to rest while healing. It takes 7-14 days for the resection to grow together so during that time they dont want any stress on it. At my 2 week checkup my doc asked had I had any problems and I had not. He told me "you can eat anything you want" I had to ask him again because I could not believe I could now eat things that I had not been able to for years. He does have me on metamucil for the rest of my life. He said he does it only as a precaution. All of my diver was removed, but he says this ensures that I am getting the fiber I need. Small sacrifice :) Honestly, after I got home, I was able to move around enough on my own. I would suggest making sure you have enough easy to fix foods on hand. He was really strict about the lifting issue. Dont want things to come undone! I had a morphine pump after surgery. I used 2x the day of surgery,just because they said dont let yourself get in pain. I used it once the morning after because they get you up and moving the next day. After that, I never even had a Tylenol. I had 12 inches removed. I could tell with each time I got up to move that I was less soar. I was soar, but that is different from pain. Any other questions feel free to post. Glad to help anyway that I can. Take care!
Becky

Houston, TX

#9 Aug 23, 2010
John wrote:
Hi Tracy,
I am considering the surgery after a perforation that I managed to beat without emergency surgery. The surgeons I have spoken with promise to have me back to work in two weeks! Is this unrealistic? Is there a reason you did not go back to work until five weeks post-op?
I had laparoscopic sigmoid colon surgery for diverticulitis three weeks ago (it will actually be four weeks on the 26th). I was in the hospital from Thursday til Sunday (four days), and was off work for the following week only. I went back to work (desk job) the next week for half a day on Monday (worked just a half-day because I had my follow-up appointment that morning)and then finished out the week fulltime.

So, yes, it is possible to get back more quickly, depending on how things go for you and on your general health, etc. I was pretty tired that first week back at work and did go home and take a nap each day. Now I feel almost "normal" most of the time, though there is still some incision pain in my belly button, especially when bending far over, and there are some bowel changes that I do hope will be resolved. I agree with what others have said about listening to your body; I pushed myself just a little so I could build up my strength (for example, took short walks when I would have rather laid on the couch) but when I did too much I paid for it with soreness. Good luck to you!
Cheryl

United States

#10 Aug 26, 2010
Tracy,
Again thank you for sharing your experience. Its helped me by answering many questions I have. My surgery is on Aug. 28 so it won't be long. I will let you know how all goes. My doctor said since nerves are cut when they remove the desieased colon it takes awhile to get normal. I will be glad when this is over!
Odalys

Miami Beach, FL

#11 Aug 27, 2010
My husband had colon resection and had a mass that was attached to his bladder and it's been hell after the surgery it been 3 weeks and he is still on pain meds and in lots of pain I just what for him to be better soon
Tracy

Jackson, MS

#12 Aug 27, 2010
Cheryl wrote:
Tracy,
Again thank you for sharing your experience. Its helped me by answering many questions I have. My surgery is on Aug. 28 so it won't be long. I will let you know how all goes. My doctor said since nerves are cut when they remove the desieased colon it takes awhile to get normal. I will be glad when this is over!
Hi Cheryl. I completely understand. The anticipation of what to expect is more unpleasant than the procedure, or at least for me it was. I will be thinking about you. Please post when you feel like it. Remember, walking will be a great help to you! Take care and look forward to talking to you after your surgery;)
Joy

Brampton, Canada

#13 Aug 27, 2010
Odalys wrote:
My husband had colon resection and had a mass that was attached to his bladder and it's been hell after the surgery it been 3 weeks and he is still on pain meds and in lots of pain I just what for him to be better soon
Hi Odalys, welcome to the forum! I hope that your husband begins to feel better soon. Sounds like his was a complicated surgery and wil take some real time to recover from! All the Best, Joy
Debbie

United States

#14 Aug 28, 2010
Have just experienced first bout of diverticultis but bad one. Still in pain after 5 days of cipro and mild pain meds. Doc said bad case and that eventually will need resection. Do you have to wear a bag after the laprascopic procedure? Glad all of you that have posted are doing well.
Kate

United States

#15 Aug 28, 2010
I'm in my third go round with diverticulitis. I was told back in February to get the resection done, but I chickened out. It is that simple. Now, I need to get healthy in order to get through the school year and have the surgery in the spring. No chickening out this time. My surgeon told me with my case, one week in the hospital, and six to eight weeks at home. I have diverticula running all the way to the top of the descending colon as well as the sigmoid colon.

I am so afraid that I'll lose the whole thing and have to have the ostomy bag. I am still pretty young....mid fifties.
Alison

Chesham, UK

#16 Aug 28, 2010
Hi Debbie, I had lap resection in May and didn't need a bag, they marked me up for one because they don't know what they are going to find until they go in. The best thing is if you can have planned surgery instead of emergency because if you have infection and inflamation when they operate there is more chance of needing a bag for a while.
Joy

Brampton, Canada

#17 Aug 28, 2010
Kate wrote:
I'm in my third go round with diverticulitis. I was told back in February to get the resection done, but I chickened out. It is that simple. Now, I need to get healthy in order to get through the school year and have the surgery in the spring. No chickening out this time. My surgeon told me with my case, one week in the hospital, and six to eight weeks at home. I have diverticula running all the way to the top of the descending colon as well as the sigmoid colon.
I am so afraid that I'll lose the whole thing and have to have the ostomy bag. I am still pretty young....mid fifties.
Hi Kate, I too am in my mid 50's and I have diverticula all through my large intestine. I had a colon resection almost 2 years ago and had the diseased area of my sigmoid colon removed (12"). So I do still have diverticula but so far no return of the diverticulitis. So try no to worry too much, it is more likely that they will only remove the diseased part of the colon. There are a huge number of people who have diverticula but never suffer with diverticulitis! Keep us posted as you have the surgery and a good outcome, it helps others to hear success stories! All the best, Joy
Cheryl

United States

#18 Sep 4, 2010
I had my laparascopic colon resection on Aug. 28, one week ago. Spent 4 days in the hospital and amazed at how well everything is going (so far) Still taking pain pills when needed but other than needing so short naps, doing well. My doctor said eat anything except nuts, seeds and raw vegtables. Friends brought over some meals which helped emotionally as well as physically. Besides removing almost 18 inches of the sigmoid colon I had a colovaginal fistula which caused me to have vaginal discharge post op.
I feel better than I have in 3 months getting over the diverticulitis absess. The surgury was much easier than I had anticipated and reading reports from Tracy and others helped me so much.

Thanks for all the input and if anyone has any questions please let me know.

Cheryl
Terry

Rome, NY

#19 Sep 6, 2010
Hi Everyone, My resection was done on 8/27. I had it done laparascopically. Mine was done due to diverticulitis. I guess i am doing ok. I get tired fast and I can't eat much. After I eat anything I have to go to the bathroom. I have many BM a day. I also have gas. The gas pains hurt so I have been taking GasX and it helps. I stay away from fiber foods. I do take Fibercon tablets. I am taking 2 a day. I know it is only 11 days after surgery, and for that amount of time I think I am doing well. But I wish I felt better. I see the doctor tomorrow. I am hoping he will say i am on course and I just need to relax. I take Motrin for any disconfort. My back bothers me the most, but the heating helps with that. Is any one loosing weight? I have lost 10 pounds so far. I try to get up and move around, but I feel so weak and tired. Thanks for listening & all the information. Terry
Joy

Brampton, Canada

#20 Sep 6, 2010
Terry wrote:
Hi Everyone, My resection was done on 8/27. I had it done laparascopically. Mine was done due to diverticulitis. I guess i am doing ok. I get tired fast and I can't eat much. After I eat anything I have to go to the bathroom. I have many BM a day. I also have gas. The gas pains hurt so I have been taking GasX and it helps. I stay away from fiber foods. I do take Fibercon tablets. I am taking 2 a day. I know it is only 11 days after surgery, and for that amount of time I think I am doing well. But I wish I felt better. I see the doctor tomorrow. I am hoping he will say i am on course and I just need to relax. I take Motrin for any disconfort. My back bothers me the most, but the heating helps with that. Is any one loosing weight? I have lost 10 pounds so far. I try to get up and move around, but I feel so weak and tired. Thanks for listening & all the information. Terry
Hi Terry, sounds a lot like my experiences post resection. This is major surgery and it takes some of us quite a while to recover. Try to be patient and, in time, you will gradually improve. Check out the string "Advice after colon resection" if you want to hear my story post resection. I think it will help you to know that I went through a similar experience but now (almost 2 years post resection) I feel great :-) Take Care and keep us posted! Joy

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