Before Colon Resection
geo

Bangor, ME

#1 Dec 28, 2011
I'm scheduled for a sigmoid colon resection at the end of January. I had a microperforation at the end of last summer and was lucky enough to avoid emergency sugery. Based on my history, I was advised by three doctors that this would probably occur again at some time in the future and I may not be so lucky. So surgery it will be. Scheduled for a robotic, lap procedure. Naturally, I'm a little anxious about this and live in fear that I will have another flare between now and then so I'm trying to be extra careful but not ridiculous about what I eat. A question I have though, and I will follow up with the Dr, do those undergoing this procedure normally go on a round of antibiotics prior to and after the sugery?
Sheila

Nottingham, NH

#2 Dec 28, 2011
Geo,
From my experience my doctor made me take a days worth the day before the surgery and possibly had some in my iv for a few days after, not sure on that though. But nothing since. I am 2 weeks post surgery and I don't think they give any after your hospital stay unless there is a need like a present infection. I have had no fever and no complications so far so I am feeling great. I hope your outcome is as good and you can feel better and put it all behind you after your surgery. Good luck.
Sheila
geo

Bangor, ME

#3 Dec 28, 2011
Sheila wrote:
Geo,
From my experience my doctor made me take a days worth the day before the surgery and possibly had some in my iv for a few days after, not sure on that though. But nothing since. I am 2 weeks post surgery and I don't think they give any after your hospital stay unless there is a need like a present infection. I have had no fever and no complications so far so I am feeling great. I hope your outcome is as good and you can feel better and put it all behind you after your surgery. Good luck.
Sheila
Sheila,
Thanks for the reply and your well wishes. I see you are in NH down the road from here in Saco, Me. I was up here in Maine for the summer at our summer place in OOB when I ended up in Maine Medical for 4 days in Portland in late August. Now back here for the holidays. Been doing fairly well since but scheduled the surgery for 30 January at GWUH down in D.C. where I live the remainder of the year. Plan is to do it robotically right now. Sounds like you had a good outcome. Good luck to you as well in your further recovery.

Since: Dec 11

Long Branch, NJ

#4 Dec 28, 2011
Geo,
I had a colon resection back on 12/12. Right before Thanksgiving I had a DV attack and was put on cipro/flagyl for 10 days. After coming off meds I told my surgeon I wasn't sure if I still had some lingering irritation from DV he put me back on cipro/flagyl up to surgery date. Best to talk to your surgeon if any need to have you on antibiotics prior to surgery. Best of luck, been just over 2 weeks since my surgery and everything is getting back to normal and I'm feeling great.
Sheila

Nottingham, NH

#5 Dec 28, 2011
Thanks Geo,
Yes we are right down the street from each other. Please let me know how everything goes and ask any questions you may have. You can also email me if you want at [email protected] om. Keep on touch and let me knowhow you are doing.
Sheila
geo

Bangor, ME

#6 Dec 28, 2011
Rich,

Thanks for your reply and glad you are doing well.

Sheila,
Will let you know how it goes. Stay well. Hear the weather up here is about to turn colder next few days-wind really howling right now. Just hope it doesn't snow so we can make the drive back to D.C. area on Monday w/o any problems!

George
geo

Bangor, ME

#7 Dec 31, 2011
The post script to this last post is that I had a flare the next day resulting in an emergency room visit, blood tests, CAT scan, etc. Now on Cipro/Flaygl and liquid diet and appear to be on the mend. Hopefully, the flare will not impact my scheduled surgery on 30 January.
Sheila

Nottingham, NH

#8 Dec 31, 2011
Good luck George. As long as your stick with the antibiotics they should still do the surgery!
geo

Jefferson, MD

#9 Jan 5, 2012
Spoke to the Dr. He said that the flare over the holidays will not be an issue in the OP scheduling. Still taking the cipro/flaygl combination w/o any issues this time. I am using the Florastor twice a day and on the advice of one of the nurses steering well clear of anything that contains alcohol including Listerine mouthwash and aftershave because of the adverse interaction with Flagyl.
Anne

Ticonderoga, NY

#10 Jan 6, 2012
Geo-Florastor is the only probiotic that really worked for me. So sorry about the flare-up!:( Also, I found that Trader Joe's (if you have one near you-I have to go to relatives in Newton, Mass)has a savory broth chicken flavor reduced sodium liquid concentrate for a hot cup of broth in 12 pouches that really hit the spot when my tummy was grumbling! I had my lap colon resection on Sept 28-except for some gas after a bout of kid-related stomach flu-I feel pretty good! Just remember to stay hydrated! I will keep you in my prayers!
Sheila

Nottingham, NH

#11 Jan 6, 2012
Good luck George it will be here before you know it and then you just gotta concentrate on healing. I am three weeks post op and doing well. You'll be there soon too.
Geo

Jefferson, MD

#12 Jan 14, 2012
Just finished two days ago a 14 day course of Flagyl and Cipro to address the mild flare that started on 29 December. Other than the metallic taste from the flagyl, it was not terribly bad this time around. Never had much pain this time but had some anxiety about a flare so close to scheduled surgery. Had asked the Dr for augmentin but he said that the combo of flagyl and cipro in his opinion is much better. I attribute the easier time with the combination to the Florsator and eating lots of Activia. Only had to use the anti-nausea pill three times during this period and only first thing in the morning. They helped. Getting ready for the surgery on 30 and like evryone else that pots here, I'm going through the typical pre-op anxiety. Hope all are doing well! This board is a great Forum.

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