Advice for After Colon Resection?

Since: Mar 12

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#3483 Jan 30, 2013
Luvbug,

Your post makes me wonder if massage therapists would do something similar to loosen adhesions.

Since: Nov 12

Matawan, NJ

#3484 Jan 30, 2013
Deb from Mich wrote:
["Luvbug,
Your post makes me wonder if massage therapists would do something similar to loosen adhesions."]
Deb from Mich,

I was wondering the same thing myself. They say it's this special Wurn technique that really does the trick though. You can probably ask a massage or physical therapist if they are familiar with it and see what they have to say. Even if they don't know it, their type of therapy may be at least helpful to a certain point. I would say it's definitely worth investigating.
Deb

Greensburg, PA

#3485 Jan 31, 2013
I went to a PT that "specialized" in the pelvic floor muscle. She minpulated the scar tissue interally and externally with electrobes and heat therapy. It was a nightmare. I could barely walk after. I went to 5 sessions. She actually made matters worse.
nancy

Los Angeles, CA

#3486 Jan 31, 2013
@ deb...
.I am 2.6 years post resection. Been to every specalist. I had a resection because of benign mass. Now have spastic colon acute ibs c and d. Everyday has been a struggle. So I get what you are living through. From going from a heathy person to the complete polar opposite is. disheartning. I wish there was a easy fix but after resection is a complicated aftermath. Just stay calm and take care.
Connie

Toronto, Canada

#3487 Jan 31, 2013
Hi Everyone. I am home today from hospital. I was in \for 6 nights. I am bleeding when I have a bowel movement. I needed to get a transfusion and be opened up again after a day and a half after my elective to make sure the bleeding was not in the abdominal cavity. It seems to be in the colon and my surgeon says it will work itself out. I have not heard of this and was wondering if anyone ese had this experience.
Judi

Murfreesboro, TN

#3488 Jan 31, 2013
I hadcolon resection with prolapse July 25th 2012.Then got an abcess and infection and was back in twice and then hom with nurss care and cleaning the pic line inserted in my upper arl and was on Flagel and something else for 2 months. Thought I would die but besides the butt pain and stomach pain 9 times outta 10 it kills me to touch my bottom after 20 tris to the bathroom. OMG I wish I would of never had it!!! Any ideas befor I take the last resort pill?
Carole

Mcdonough, GA

#3489 Feb 4, 2013
I'm a 56 year old woman who will be undergoing sigmoid resection on 4/28. I don't know what to expect and hope that someone who's been through it can tell me about their experience. I'm pretty much on my own, no one to help me with anything, so I need all the advice I can get. I'm nervous and other than the technical aspects of what to expect following sugery, my surgeon can only quote stats. guess if you've never had it, you really don't know what to tell people to expect. thanks for the input. I appreciate it.
nancy

Santa Ana, CA

#3490 Feb 4, 2013
@carole.....dr will have u on special diet. No lifting for 6 weeks. Hospital stay about 5 days. Property a drain at incision until u leave hospital. U will be gassy because they pump u with air to make sure the resection doesn't leak. You will be tired when u get home. Hope this helps.
peter

UK

#3491 Feb 4, 2013
tom wrote:
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I have had 2 resections. Took me close to a year to get normal movements. Of course "normal" is now different because of your shortened colon.
Be patient, it takes the body a long time to readjust and 3 months is far to early. In the meantime do what works for you until your body
readjusts.
im 11wks post op sigmoid colectomy for divertikilitisi can go days without going to the bathroom and i let off gas every couple of minutes and after an average meal my stomach seems distended is this normal
peter

UK

#3492 Feb 4, 2013
My comments as above please reply somebody
Elizabeth

Balaclava, Australia

#3493 Feb 5, 2013
Peter, yes quite normal. Just eat small meals, try not to eat enything too peppery, go easy on foods that actually may cause the bloating, drink plenty of water but not all at once. And walk. Try at least 20 minutes a day if you are not already exercising.
Foods that may cause bloating are processed foods, white flour foods, and pastry. Some vegetables may cause a bit of wind, so go easy on the strong smelling ones, such as cabbages, onions, cauliflour, etc. Hope this helps.
Carole

Lithonia, GA

#3494 Feb 5, 2013
Thanks Nancy,
I guess the apprehension about surgery is normal. No one had mentioned a drain to me so it really does help having an idea of what to expect. Thanks also for the warning about being gassy. I live in Georgia (don't know where they got CA from with my e-mail) and people here are a little uptight about that. Guess it's not politically correct to pass gas even if you can't help it. Do any of the bodily functions, including passing gas, "hurt" following the surgery. The possibility of a leak is also something I need to be prepared for. Thanks for responding.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#3495 Feb 5, 2013
Carole wrote:
Thanks Nancy,
I guess the apprehension about surgery is normal. No one had mentioned a drain to me so it really does help having an idea of what to expect. Thanks also for the warning about being gassy. I live in Georgia (don't know where they got CA from with my e-mail) and people here are a little uptight about that. Guess it's not politically correct to pass gas even if you can't help it. Do any of the bodily functions, including passing gas, "hurt" following the surgery. The possibility of a leak is also something I need to be prepared for. Thanks for responding.
Hi, Is there anyone that can help you at home after the surgery, at least for the first week? A friend, neighbor, relative?

Everyone is different as far as the surgery and recovery goes. My philosophy is to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. You will be very tired and sore after the surgery. Follow your surgeons advice. I did and my recovery, though slow was excellent. It took me a good 3 months to feel well. I did not have energy nor an appetite for months.

I made and froze broth based soups with vegetables and chicken prior to my surgery. Protein aid in muscle/tissue repair and if you are not a vegetarian I recommend that you eat a bit of meat. That was my diet along with low residue foods for two weeks. I had very small meals and drank lots of water and herbal teas. Then my surgeon had me increase my fiber and take milk of magnesia for a few days. Try not too worry too much about having bowel movements. They will come. Walk as much as possible. It might be tough but it is the best advise I can give you. It helped me tremendously. Try and set up a situation in your home so that it is easy for you to get out of bed. I had a low stool next to my bed and when getting out of bed, I would place my feet on it and then hold onto a sturdy bedside table and lift myself up. You might also use a cane. The first week I was home my daughter or husband would lift me up. My stomach muscles were shot and it was too difficult to do it myself. I also placed an extra table with casters next to my bed to hold all that I needed, computer, medicine, e-reader, telephone, tissues, etc. This came in very handy. To tell you the truth, I did very little for weeks other than lay and listen to my meditation tapes and music, sleep or walk. I would walk 1-2 hours a day, broken up in increments.

I have written this before but two wonderful meditation c.d.'s helped me prior to and after surgery. They are "Preparing for Surgery" and "Guided Imagery" by Jane Pernotto Ehrman. She has such a soothing voice and I listened to her day and night for at least 2 months. I almost became addicted to her c.d.'s but there came a point that I no longer needed them.

Recovery can be slow and painful, not to mention due to the anesthesia used in surgery and all the pain medication you might find yourself depressed/anxious/highly sensitive. This is normal. Just take one day at a time. It might seem like the healing process is taking forever but one day you will wake up and feel good. Again, everyone is different, some of us heal faster than others. I am in the latter group.

Also, if you are religious, you might want to contact your church or a church, praying groups and family and friends to pray for you and your surgery. I believe this helped me a lot, knowing that positive thoughts and prayers were being sent my way.

Good luck and I am thinking and praying for you!

Lovedusty
Deb

Greensburg, PA

#3496 Feb 5, 2013
I have been referred to a specialist now at the Cleveland Clinic....WISH ME LUCK

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#3497 Feb 5, 2013
Deb wrote:
I have been referred to a specialist now at the Cleveland Clinic....WISH ME LUCK
BEST OF LUCK HOPE THEY FIND WHAT HAS GONE WRONG WITH YOU AND FIX IT
God Bless AND Teddy Bear Hugs

Larry
Bonnie

Barberton, OH

#3498 Feb 5, 2013
Hey,Deb, mine was Dr. Stocchi from the Cleveland Clinic, who is yours?
Elizabeth

Australia

#3499 Feb 5, 2013
Carole, you don't necessarily have to have a drain. I was precautioned that it might happen, and it was discussed, but I was good and had no leakages.
God bless. Good luck.
And on the prayer angle, one of my sisters is in a prayer group, and the group prayed for the success of an operation on one of my nieces, who has been undergoing considerable pain after a car accident, and has had to have several operations to get her properly mobile. The prayers have helped her considerabley (mind and body)and she has had quite an amazing improvement as such operations are never deemed 100%. In the Bible it says "where
two or three are gathered in My name, there I am in the midst of them." Have hope and faith in this everyone.

Since: Nov 12

Matawan, NJ

#3500 Feb 5, 2013
Deb wrote:
["I have been referred to a specialist now at the Cleveland Clinic....WISH ME LUCK"]
Deb,

Best of luck to you with these new Drs. Hope they can get a handle on it and get rid of your pain. Thoughts and prayers are with you :). When are you headed there?
Carole

Suwanee, GA

#3501 Feb 6, 2013
Hi Dusty,
thanks for the comments and info. Unfortunately I don't have anyone who can help me at home when I get out of the hospital. The meditation tapes sound good. will be out looking for them. I do have elderly friends at church who said they would call and check on me. And yes, they are praying for me as well as for a good outcome. Without them I'm not sure I could face this alone. All prayers are greatly appreciated and I thank you for yours. Also, thank you for taking the time to respond to me. Finding this site was a blessing and, to all my new friends, God Bless.
Carole
Deb

Greensburg, PA

#3502 Feb 8, 2013
Bonnie wrote:
Hey,Deb, mine was Dr. Stocchi from the Cleveland Clinic, who is yours?
dr shatnawei my appt is wednesday

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