Recovery time for intestine resection...

Recovery time for intestine resectioning surgery?

Created by Stacy on Nov 3, 2007

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diverticulitis/peritonitus?

8 weeks?

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Stacy

Duluth, MN

#1 Nov 3, 2007
I am 30yrs old and had not experienced any serious symptoms of diverticulitis to notice I had a problem. Over a time span of 7 hours I suffered severe pains in my right lower side and it quickly radiated throughout my abdomen area. Being diagnosed as appendicitis I went in for emergency surgery to discover that it was in fact diverticulitis/peritonitis. My intestine was then resectioned and I am now onto week 7 post surgery.

I'm highly active, being a competitive kickboxer. My training consists of sprints, weights, technical classes and sparring. For anyone that has had surgery (not lap) how long was before you were back in the swing of things.
Toria

Wheaton, IL

#2 Nov 3, 2007
I am not sure I understand the poll. I have been hospitalized for diverticulitis on the left side and was treated, no abscess or peritonitis. I am hoping to avoid a resection. It looks like recovery would be at least a couple of months.
Stacy

Duluth, MN

#3 Nov 3, 2007
It's not really a poll, I just wasn't sure how to start a discussion.

Just want to know if anyone else has had open surgery and how quick their recovery time was. And if they were active, how long is it before they feel 100%. How did you feel at 6 weeks, 7weeks etc.
Chris

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Nov 5, 2007
I am 33 and had a very similar story to yours. I went in with extreme right side abdominal pain in early July. It was first diagnosed as appendicitis until the cat scan showed it was divert. I ended up having 8in of my sigmoid colon removed in open surgery. I was in the hospital for 1 week, then recovered at home for a few weeks, then went back to work part time for a week or so. I am pretty much at 100% now but I am still 15 pounds lighter than when I started. I occasionally feel a slight tightness beneath my incision but that is about it. I would say it was about 10 weeks or so before I started feeling 100%.
shelly new york

Plainview, NY

#5 Aug 9, 2008
10 weeks post lap surgery.!4 inches removed and I've been running from doc to doc to see why I still have severe cramping pain, nausea, weight loss and now anxiety. Tests all show nothing and I am still in pain. Help!
phil

Edison, NJ

#6 Oct 29, 2008
shelly,
central islip ny here, i had lap surgery oct 7th, i am three weeks post op, i still have what i call attacks on my ;left side , i dont understand it either, any updates from you?
cinder

South Yarmouth, MA

#7 Nov 2, 2008
phil wrote:
shelly,
central islip ny here, i had lap surgery oct 7th, i am three weeks post op, i still have what i call attacks on my ;left side , i dont understand it either, any updates from you?
I had same surgery on Oct 15th. Surgeon says i look great.Yet i feel serious cramps. Have you heard how long this is suppose to last? I thought i would feel better but instead feel worse!

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#8 Nov 2, 2008
WOW! I am surprised by how many people fel; worse after surgery.

A couple of things that helped me, the firt was walking. It helps keep the bowels moving and gets rid of gas. That brings me to the second, gas. I had more problems with gas (and the incision) than the actual surgery. I found that if I could pass the gas I felt much better. Of course, I was afraid to "push" the gas out.

I also found that eating small light meals helped, eating a typical meal just made me uncomfortable. I also cut way back on soda and started using snacks very high in fiber, typically 5 or 6 grams a serving and I had 4 snacks a day along with a fiber one cereal for breakfast.

The fiber supplements did not sit well with me. They hurt, I must have used them incorrectly. But like I said above, the snacks get me more that enough fiber to feel good.

I also noted one person mentioned getting 4 inches removed. I hope that is a typo and it was 14. To really treat diver surgically, th entire sigmoid colon should be removed, that's where the problems typically show and removing it all usually prevents it from reoccurring.
mark

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Nov 2, 2008
Stacy wrote:
I am 30yrs old and had not experienced any serious symptoms of diverticulitis to notice I had a problem. Over a time span of 7 hours I suffered severe pains in my right lower side and it quickly radiated throughout my abdomen area. Being diagnosed as appendicitis I went in for emergency surgery to discover that it was in fact diverticulitis/peritonitis. My intestine was then resectioned and I am now onto week 7 post surgery.
I'm highly active, being a competitive kickboxer. My training consists of sprints, weights, technical classes and sparring. For anyone that has had surgery (not lap) how long was before you were back in the swing of things.
I am going on week 12 Since my blow out. I am finally getting back to normal but I have to go back on the 13 to get the bag removed. I just spent the last ten days in montana walking the hillside. The first day was hell but By the end of my trip I was feeling much stronger. I had severe complications also with a blood clot and a second surgery a few days later so that may hinder me a bit more. I wonder why I got the bag and you didnt or did you.
mark

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Nov 2, 2008
Patrick L wrote:
WOW! I am surprised by how many people fel; worse after surgery.
A couple of things that helped me, the firt was walking. It helps keep the bowels moving and gets rid of gas. That brings me to the second, gas. I had more problems with gas (and the incision) than the actual surgery. I found that if I could pass the gas I felt much better. Of course, I was afraid to "push" the gas out.
I also found that eating small light meals helped, eating a typical meal just made me uncomfortable. I also cut way back on soda and started using snacks very high in fiber, typically 5 or 6 grams a serving and I had 4 snacks a day along with a fiber one cereal for breakfast.
The fiber supplements did not sit well with me. They hurt, I must have used them incorrectly. But like I said above, the snacks get me more that enough fiber to feel good.
I also noted one person mentioned getting 4 inches removed. I hope that is a typo and it was 14. To really treat diver surgically, th entire sigmoid colon should be removed, that's where the problems typically show and removing it all usually prevents it from reoccurring.
Patt you said something about the bladder being a stupid organ. When I would have an outbreak I noticed i would pee like 4 times in an hour, I think my diver was pressing on my bladder. I had pain after I urinated for 75 days and Im wondering if if where my diver was situated had anything to do with that. I still have pains after I pee once in a while but nothing compared to 45 days ago when I went to my surgeon and he made me give a urine sample. After I gave the sample I was in so much pain I didnt think I would ever reover. I just stood there and couldnt move the nurse said are you ok I said I need pain killers and was not leaving without them. wow this has been a ride. I must have walked 25 miles when I was in Montana I think it did alot of good my legs are still sore. The first month I spent in bed and slept like a bear in winter. I never napped before but after surgery I sure could. I think I napped for the first 2 months.
Charlotte Miller

Norristown, PA

#11 Nov 2, 2008
Hey Mark,
Glad to see you are back. You've been through a lot, more than most of us.
I was on Enablex for two years thinking I had bladder spasms.
Once I got the diver under control, and now after the surgery I took myself off and haven't had a problem with frequent urination since!
I am very lucky, I have not been tired at all. I have to force myself to rest.
I can only attribute my energy to being in good health prior to surgery and not waiting for years to get surgery. I only got my official dx. in July, and had the surgery in October.
I hope you have only blue skies and sunshine ahead of you!
phil

Edison, NJ

#12 Nov 4, 2008
cinder,

i have had the cramping as well, i dont know why? feels like i felt before surgery, how bout you?

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#13 Nov 5, 2008
Phil,

Those cramps could be gas, they hurt bad! Walk, it helps.

Patt
phil

Union City, NJ

#14 Nov 6, 2008
thanks i am trying........
Charlotte Miller

Norristown, PA

#15 Nov 6, 2008
Hi Gang,
I am almost 4 weeks post op, open resection surgery, done electively after 4 months of multiple attacks and realizing I had this for two years.
What I want to pass onto you, is if you have open surgery and get a binder, especially if you ladies wear elastic slacks, DON'T! I had such incisional pain and didn't put it all together.
The combination of my elastic binder, underpants and elastic waste slacks was causing me unnecessary pain.
I am totally pain free when I realized I was better week two when I was home in a nightie, than when I went out and was clothed in slacks!
I am feeling great!
Good luck to everyone and don't suffer.
The surgery is a 90 percent cure, why suffer??
phil

Edison, NJ

#16 Nov 6, 2008
i and 4 weeks post op as well, still sore in the incision area, i guess it takes time to heal
Charlotte Miller

Norristown, PA

#17 Nov 7, 2008
phil wrote:
i and 4 weeks post op as well, still sore in the incision area, i guess it takes time to heal
Phil,
My doctor said it takes 8 months to a year to totally heal.
Glad you are doing well too.
Charlott
phil

Edison, NJ

#18 Nov 7, 2008
oh wow , i need to get back to work........ i just want to get my bowel movements going well and get rid of the stomach pains...
Charlotte Miller

Norristown, PA

#19 Nov 8, 2008
Phil,
Total healing doesn't mean you can't go to work. All surgeries take that long to totally heal but he'll tell you when you can go back.
I'm on 20 pound weight restrictions for a total of three months.
If you eat your fiber and if needed, take the metmucil, you should be regular.
Charlotte
Lfincher

Mableton, GA

#20 Jan 19, 2009
How do I reduce intestional gas after a colon resection on desending colon?

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