Advice for After Colon Resection?
Elizabeth

Melbourne, Australia

#3403 Dec 30, 2012
i was wondering what sort of pain killers you all are given to take home after surgery? My father was on a very powerful mixture. He never complained unless it became unbearable. then
it was a hospital case.
bonnie

Uniontown, PA

#3404 Dec 30, 2012
Georgia wrote:
Hi Larry,
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to wish you a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I really hope you are going to do something fun for yourself.
Sending you lots of hugs.
Take care
that's wonderful....
Lori

Roslyn Heights, NY

#3405 Dec 31, 2012
After resection surgery it took me 12 weeks to feel normal and have bm's reduce to 8-10/day. A year later I average 2-5 bm's a day and have gas daily but I'm grateful to be alive!
Don

United States

#3406 Dec 31, 2012
Good Morning and Happy New Years to All.

Just providing an update:

Had 18" removed three weeks ago today. Everything seems to be going smoothly. The surgical incisions are healing nicely with very little discomfort. I already feel better than I have in years!

I actually am having the opposite issue with BMs from alot of others though. I have a BM every other day. When I do, they seem to come in bouts of two or three, then I am good for another 48 hrs or so.

I had my first follow-up with my surgeon last week and he was happy with my progress. He took me off the restricted diet and told me not to lift more than 40 lbs for the next two weeks.

I have not had any problems with any foods yet. My wife and I went out for Mexican the other evening and I had no issues at all. I have pretty much eaten whatever I like with no problems.

Not sure why my recovery seems to be going so well when so many others are having issues. I don't know if it's the surgeon, the individual, or quite possibly, both.

I hope those of you who are experiencing problems are able to have them resolved soon. I pray you all can begin to enjoy life again, as I have.

Happy New Year!
Don
Don

United States

#3407 Dec 31, 2012
Elizabeth wrote:
i was wondering what sort of pain killers you all are given to take home after surgery? My father was on a very powerful mixture. He never complained unless it became unbearable. then
it was a hospital case.
Hi Elizabeth,

I was given Percocet to take home. It worked well at taking the edge off of the pain.
Joe

Willowbrook, IL

#3408 Dec 31, 2012
What and how much has everyone been eating since your resection? Are there foods that bother you? Are there foods that have no effect to your bowels and how you feel? Thanks for the input, I wish everyone a speedy recovery.
Maria

Des Moines, IA

#3409 Dec 31, 2012
13 weeks out-sigmoid colonectomy. 4th stint in in hospital in 4 weeks. Bleeding from bubble between staples. I have a blood disorder and this is the worst bleeding episode i have EVER had in my life. AND i had an emergency cesarean 25 yrs ago. Unless I want to be infused with blood product 24/7, my GI DR says I'm going to continue having this.

SO, a big warning to anyone with a clotting disorder--think long & hard before having a colon resection.

Maria
SgK

Mount Prospect, IL

#3410 Jan 1, 2013
rocknroll54 wrote:
I googled to find this forum because I had a colon resection 7 weeks ago and I wanted to see what others have experienced. I have had diverticulitis for several years. I was admitted to the hospital Dec 2008 with the worst attack I ever had and after a CT scan they told me I had an abscess in my colon. After 5 days in the hospital on antibiotics and a drain tube draining the abscess for 2 weeks I felt better but was told I needed surgery. I had a colonoscopy and then had the surgery on Feb 27,2009 and they removed 14 inches of colon. I was up and walking the next day and went back to work after 5 weeks. I feel better than I have in years and have gradually introduced all the formally forbidden food back into my diet. The only problem I have now is I seem to have a lot of gas. It doesn't hurt: I just have to fart a lot. I find myself going outside at work just to get away from my co-workers to pass the gas. I also have like 5-6 bowel movements a day. I'm glad I had the surgery because the pain is gone but I wonder if my current condition is permanent.
had surgery 15" of colon removed hope it gets better
Elizabeth

Cairnlea, Australia

#3411 Jan 2, 2013
SgK wrote:
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had surgery 15" of colon removed hope it gets better
I hope you have managed to read back on this forum. You will see that the gas issue is common. I felt really sorry for the salesman who had it! It doesn't last. All the issues you have are common and just a result of surgery. It will take a while, so take it easy. God bless.
Elizabeth

Cairnlea, Australia

#3412 Jan 2, 2013
That message was for rocknroll/54 in particular, but all those who have just had surgery will note it.
Don

United States

#3413 Jan 2, 2013
Joe wrote:
What and how much has everyone been eating since your resection? Are there foods that bother you? Are there foods that have no effect to your bowels and how you feel? Thanks for the input, I wish everyone a speedy recovery.
Hi Joe,

I have not had a problem with any foods yet. I am three weeks post-surgery and have pretty much resumed my pre-op diet. I have eaten Mexican, pizza, saurkraut, raw veggies...pretty much everything with no issues.

Not sure why I have had no issues when so many others have.

Take care and Happy New Year!
Don
KimmieG

Kennesaw, GA

#3414 Jan 2, 2013
Joe wrote:
What and how much has everyone been eating since your resection? Are there foods that bother you? Are there foods that have no effect to your bowels and how you feel? Thanks for the input, I wish everyone a speedy recovery.
Hi Joe,

Like Don, I have had no issues with food. I can eat anything I want. I am 6 1/2 months post resection and doing very well.

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#3415 Jan 2, 2013
Well I got home on Tuesday the 1st from Hosp.. had my Gallbladder removed Friday at 4:00 P.M. did not wake up till 10:00 P.M. I was told Operation lasted until 7:00 P.M. for the operation I am feeling so-so today things will be getting better each day. God Bless all and have a very Happy New Year !!!! Teddy Bear Hugs to all of my friends

Larry

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#3416 Jan 2, 2013
Joe wrote:
What and how much has everyone been eating since your resection? Are there foods that bother you? Are there foods that have no effect to your bowels and how you feel? Thanks for the input, I wish everyone a speedy recovery.
I had a big problem after eating some linguini with clams. I ended up with a blockage and had to go to the ER. I think it was a combination of having eaten too much, surgery adhesions, possible dhydration, and a pain pill.

I also got major and very painful gas after eating risotto made with leeks. I think it was the leeks that gave me the gas.

It's hard to eat in small amounts since I seem to be hungry all the time.

Larry, I'm glad you're home from surgery. Sorry you had to go through that. Hope you feel better soon!

Since: Nov 12

Matawan, NJ

#3417 Jan 3, 2013
applecake wrote:
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[I had a big problem after eating some linguini with clams. I ended up with a blockage and had to go to the ER. I think it was a combination of having eaten too much, surgery adhesions, possible dhydration, and a pain pill.
I also got major and very painful gas after eating risotto made with leeks. I think it was the leeks that gave me the gas.
It's hard to eat in small amounts since I seem to be hungry all the time.
Larry, I'm glad you're home from surgery. Sorry you had to go through that. Hope you feel better soon!]
Applecake,

OMG, are you alright? Is this something that happened recently? Did the ER Drs take care of it? If so,how? I hope things are better for you now. I completely understand about eating small amounts because it just doesn't fill you up and then you always feel hungry. I know it's probably better to eat a little at a time but I know for me I'll get pains if I don't eat enough as well as eating too much. It's a difficult eating pattern to follow. Wishing you the best :)
nancy

Los Angeles, CA

#3418 Jan 4, 2013
I am 2 1/2 years out from resection. I am so depressed with the outcome. Prisoner in my own home. Been to every specialist . I had very productive life now no ft worth living.

Since: Nov 12

Matawan, NJ

#3419 Jan 4, 2013
nancy wrote:
[I am 2 1/2 years out from resection. I am so depressed with the outcome. Prisoner in my own home. Been to every specialist . I had very productive life now no ft worth living.]
Nancy from CA,
Why did you get the surgery to begin with? Were you in a lot of pain prior to the surgery and now it has gotten worse? What exactly is going on with you that is causing you to be a prisoner in your own home?I haven't had the surgery and am very afraid to because of stories like your own but I'm uncomfortable all of the time- I don't have episodes- and always have some sort of pain as well on top of it. Hard to get around cause the more I do the more my left side, and many times, the lower abdomen tightens up and stings and pinches-then I have to spend the rest of the day in bed-and that's only if I don't wake up and feel that way right off the bat. This leaves me not wanting to move around too much cause I don't want to feel the pain or have it get bad. However, I don't know what else to do about what I'm going through but to eventually try this surgery. I've tried everything like you have with no positive results. Do you have any suggestions?

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#3420 Jan 4, 2013
Hi luvbug:

I'm much better. At the moment just sort of blah and tired. I ended up in the ER with a partial bowel obstruction on Christmas Eve morning at about 4:30 AM. I was there for about 12 hours. The next week I made another trip after eating some leeks, but that resolved on its own.

It's pretty common after abdominal surgery to have adhesions that cause blockages and twists in the bowel. I'm hoping it was just a temporary bump in the road. In general I'm doing well. A little tired and skinny but generally I'm okay.

I'm so sorry to hear how much you are hampered by your pain. Have you had a CT scan?

thanks for asking!
Elizabeth

Point Cook, Australia

#3421 Jan 5, 2013
Nancy, you wrote earlier that there was an obstruction when you had a colonoscopy, and a benign mass was removed. Obviously you needed surgery. I should think if you still have problems, someone should have worked out what it is. What do the specialists say?
nancy

Los Angeles, CA

#3422 Jan 5, 2013
The specialist say that this happens and there is no antidote for it. It has left me with spastic colon and acute ibs c and d. I was a picture of health before the resection. Now I am a shutin.

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