Advice for After Colon Resection?
Elizabeth

Cheltenham, Australia

#3925 Aug 20, 2013
Hi Glenda! Glad to read your communication, even though your news is still the same. Just on the side: How much would another operation cost to remove the mesh? I know you don't want to go that way, but what you have been saying in the past, it seems the only way to alleviate your pain,apart from drugs.
Always in my prayers. Best wishes.
Deb

Columbus, OH

#3926 Aug 20, 2013
Hi All,
Glenda it's been forever since I saw you on here, I am the same too!. I am seeing a General Surgeon now and am now going to have exploratory surgery to hopefully have all of the painful adhesions removed...FINALLY. For all for you going thru this life changing surgery, stick with it there are "some" successful stories, you just might not see them here cuz we are all suffering.
glenda

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3927 Aug 20, 2013
Deb wrote:
Hi All,
Glenda it's been forever since I saw you on here, I am the same too!. I am seeing a General Surgeon now and am now going to have exploratory surgery to hopefully have all of the painful adhesions removed...FINALLY. For all for you going thru this life changing surgery, stick with it there are "some" successful stories, you just might not see them here cuz we are all suffering.
hey deb good to here from you sorry your still in the same boat I know how it is for sure..I'm working on getting my medical back so I can see the surgeon been to er a few times and they say follow up with surgeon knowing I can't because of the no insurance deal..latley been having bad pain down low like my bladder my pc did the urien tex nothing all good he say the mesh is most likely the cause for this new pain I'm having..if not getting better by am I'm going to er again.this pain is different and I just don't feel well..sorry your still going through it but I hopr they get you better so you can have your life back if any knows what its like it me.been gone for a bit my 2yr old grand daughter sat on my lap top so could not follow with you all glad to be back just wish I had better news..please mind the spelling as I'm ona nook and it seems to have a mind of its own.
Colleen

Vandalia, IL

#3928 Aug 24, 2013
Well, we recently found out, after removal of six "precancerous" polyps during a colonoscopy, that my ex-husband has colon cancer and is scheduled for an 18-inch resection. Our doctor feels that he needs this done pretty quickly, but we're dealing with the VA on this also so the costs won't eat us alive. The EX is very depressed and upset, not knowing what to expect as far as the operation itself, the possible length of stay in hospital, recuperation, and possible chemo follow up if his lymph nodes are involved. He had a CT and it came out clean, but it wouldn't show anything small like cancerous cells. Wondering if you all could enlighten us This all came about because of a bout of bloody stools. Thanks to all and would appreciate any and all input. Wondering also if he'll need a bag after all is said and done.
Kris

Hartland, WI

#3929 Aug 24, 2013
Rocky wrote:
I had a colon resection in march 2011 and it's been almost 6-months sense surgery and I cannot have a bowel movement naturally I have to take laxatives just to have one and they say that I may never have one again and nothing they can do about that!! They ruined my life they say I can go back to work and I'm the one to figure how I'm gonna do that around my new normal... How can dr's be allowed to get away with this...so disappointed!!!!!!
I don't know if you are still on this forum - I had the same experience. I had a LAR Oct. 2011 and it ruined my life. Same issues and they say "nothing we can do" The surgeon blamed me as I developed a hernia and he said it was because I am "rotund". What an a$$.
Kris

Hartland, WI

#3930 Aug 24, 2013
Moe wrote:
Have you upped your fiber? You might try some Imodium AD before you eat. Did you have this before surgery?
Hugs,
Moe
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Dr's always say there is nothing wrong. They don't want to admit they may have goofed up the surgery. Get a second opinion. I wish I had!
Elizabeth

Malvern, Australia

#3931 Aug 25, 2013
I often wonder if doctors read this forum. It would certainly lead to many of their better educations.
martha

Pasadena, TX

#3932 Aug 26, 2013
I had my surgery 11 months ago i still have pain on my left side sometimes i feel like if my insides or tearing apart really painful and i dont have a bowel movement everyday and when i do i have a small one cant seem to pass a solid bowel has to be loose.
martha

Pasadena, TX

#3933 Aug 26, 2013
I had my surgery 11 months ago i still have pain on my left side feels like my insides are tearing apart very painful i dont have BM everyday and when i do it takes me a while to pass them having trouble passing solid ones they have to be really soft cant really eat because my stomach will start to hurt.

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#3934 Aug 26, 2013
martha wrote:
I had my surgery 11 months ago i still have pain on my left side feels like my insides are tearing apart very painful i dont have BM everyday and when i do it takes me a while to pass them having trouble passing solid ones they have to be really soft cant really eat because my stomach will start to hurt.
Maybe see if you can get a colonoscopy? Sometimes the colon can constrict or develope scar tissue inside at the resection site and they can use a balloon or devise to stretch the area larger and its done during the scope exam. Also, I have heard of the resection scar tissue on the outside of the colon sometimes healing/adhering to the abdominal wall after surgery. Best wishes
Martha

Pasadena, TX

#3935 Aug 26, 2013
edsmith1360 wrote:
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Maybe see if you can get a colonoscopy? Sometimes the colon can constrict or develope scar tissue inside at the resection site and they can use a balloon or devise to stretch the area larger and its done during the scope exam. Also, I have heard of the resection scar tissue on the outside of the colon sometimes healing/adhering to the abdominal wall after surgery. Best wishes
would that require additional surgery thanks for info
KimmieG

Acworth, GA

#3936 Aug 26, 2013
Colleen wrote:
Well, we recently found out, after removal of six "precancerous" polyps during a colonoscopy, that my ex-husband has colon cancer and is scheduled for an 18-inch resection. Our doctor feels that he needs this done pretty quickly, but we're dealing with the VA on this also so the costs won't eat us alive. The EX is very depressed and upset, not knowing what to expect as far as the operation itself, the possible length of stay in hospital, recuperation, and possible chemo follow up if his lymph nodes are involved. He had a CT and it came out clean, but it wouldn't show anything small like cancerous cells. Wondering if you all could enlighten us This all came about because of a bout of bloody stools. Thanks to all and would appreciate any and all input. Wondering also if he'll need a bag after all is said and done.
Hi Colleen,
First off, please know that everyone responds differently to this operation. It is completely normal for someone to be apprehensive about this. I had the surgery 6/2012 due to diverticulitis and then my brother had the same surgery in 12/2012 due to a cancerous growth. His first symptom was also bloody stools, he said it was A LOT! This is the one I will tell you about since it is similar to your ex-husbands current situation. My brother went in for surgery on a Friday morning (also VA) and was released the following Monday evening. Luckily for him, the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes and he did not have to have a bag. He was out of work for a total of two weeks and then returned with no complications, other than just being more tired than normal and making sure there was a restroom nearby 'just in case'. The oncologist originally wanted him to take a few chemo treatments, but since the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes and after he did tons of research on his own, he decided against it. Instead, he chose to get radiation treatments - I believe he had about six treatments in total. This allowed him to continue on without interupting his job as he took the treatments during his lunch. Since then, he has had two follow up scans and all is clear. He goes in for a colonoscopy in October and we are hopeful he continues to receive the "all clear". Forgot to mention my brother is 49.

There are also others here on the site who have had experiences with colon cancer, specifically, I am thinking of Larry "TheRaz Stuart" who may be able to offer you further "first hand" knowledge and advice.

Good luck to you and your ex-husband while going through this and please reach out anytime you need support.
nancy

Los Angeles, CA

#3937 Aug 26, 2013
I had a resection 3 years ago for benign mass. I live in miserey everyday. My life was whole before. I am changed forever and live with pain and acute ibs c and d. Been to every specialist and had one balloon procedure. I wish I never had this done.
Vickie

Decatur, AL

#3938 Aug 26, 2013
I had my surgery on Thursday due to diverticulitis. I am home and doing ok. Just real tired and in pain. I am praying that I continue to do as we'll as I have this far.
Allegra

Ellicott City, MD

#3939 Aug 28, 2013
I am about 3 weeks post resection and have a slight bit of blood (bright red) on the outside of BM's (not every time, but usually a 2nd or 3rd one), None on toilet tissue nor in bowl. Anyone else experience this? I also do have an internal hemorrhoid that has not acted up in years.

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#3940 Aug 28, 2013
Glenda:

I am glad you are still hanging in here. I am still experiencing pain on the right side guess it is the Forest growing in side of me. My Dr. says looks like my Cancer took a hike for the mean time
have to go and see him again on Sept 4Th then have to see my (PC) Dr. on the 23Th still feel like some one beat the crap out of me
but I was told that is what Chemo can do to you for a few years (YUCK) well I hope that you can find someone that will take on the Mess thing and they can get it fixed or removed. Well that is it for now God Bless and may he be good to you also Teddy Bear Hugs

Larry

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#3941 Aug 28, 2013
Colleen wrote:
Well, we recently found out, after removal of six "precancerous" polyps during a colonoscopy, that my ex-husband has colon cancer and is scheduled for an 18-inch resection. Our doctor feels that he needs this done pretty quickly, but we're dealing with the VA on this also so the costs won't eat us alive. The EX is very depressed and upset, not knowing what to expect as far as the operation itself, the possible length of stay in hospital, recuperation, and possible chemo follow up if his lymph nodes are involved. He had a CT and it came out clean, but it wouldn't show anything small like cancerous cells. Wondering if you all could enlighten us This all came about because of a bout of bloody stools. Thanks to all and would appreciate any and all input. Wondering also if he'll need a bag after all is said and done.

Hi Well I had sugary at the VAMC here in West Palm Beach FL for the same thing I had all of my ascending colon removed with a follow up with the Cancer Dr. they have a lot of good Dr. at the VA so the operation should be he least of his worries. w/o computations he should be in for 4 to 5 days then want you to pass gas and have small bowel movement and they have you up and walking the next day. My Colon cancer went way but turned in to Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had chemo for 6 months. have Appt. on Tuesday the 4th of Sept with Cancer clinic last treatment was Oct 2012. plus the price is right at the VAMC well I hope all will work out a ok for him God Bless and may God Hold your hand on this trying time also

Larry
glenda

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3942 Aug 28, 2013
TheRaz Stuart Fl wrote:
Glenda:
I am glad you are still hanging in here. I am still experiencing pain on the right side guess it is the Forest growing in side of me. My Dr. says looks like my Cancer took a hike for the mean time
have to go and see him again on Sept 4Th then have to see my (PC) Dr. on the 23Th still feel like some one beat the crap out of me
but I was told that is what Chemo can do to you for a few years (YUCK) well I hope that you can find someone that will take on the Mess thing and they can get it fixed or removed. Well that is it for now God Bless and may he be good to you also Teddy Bear Hugs
Larry
thanks larry I'm trying so hard..I just got out of the hospital 3days ago,have a nasty infection in my bladder and pelvic area,they say they don't know why but could be do to the mesh great here we go again is all I can think..trying to get my medical back been with out for a year..so after that maybe they will do something.its a shame that if you don't have insurance you just suffer..but then again when I did have my card all they did was shuffel me around..state care its grand..but glad to be back makes me fell better to talk to all you guys so I don't feel so alone.god bless
glenda

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3943 Aug 28, 2013
nancy wrote:
I had a resection 3 years ago for benign mass. I live in miserey everyday. My life was whole before. I am changed forever and live with pain and acute ibs c and d. Been to every specialist and had one balloon procedure. I wish I never had this done.
nancy I know how you feel,I had 4surgerys I a year and a half its made my life a living hell..2resections that lead to 2hernias last one they put mesh in that was21months ago and I have not had a pain free day since,there are lots of us that don't turn out so great..but all I can say is be stong and keep fighting we both know this is not the life we wanted but its are now..keep you in my prayers
Moe

Mattoon, IL

#3944 Aug 28, 2013
I had the same thing and it was a fissure, I just had to do sitz baths and warm compresses. Mine was due to all the 'tools' that they stuck up my rear during surgery. But I would check just to make sure. Give your surgeon a call in the morning and just ask.
Moe
Allegra wrote:
I am about 3 weeks post resection and have a slight bit of blood (bright red) on the outside of BM's (not every time, but usually a 2nd or 3rd one), None on toilet tissue nor in bowl. Anyone else experience this? I also do have an internal hemorrhoid that has not acted up in years.

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