Advice for After Colon Resection?
nancy

Santa Ana, CA

#3965 Sep 3, 2013
Elizabeth wrote:
I feel so sorry for those who have had and are still having complications after surgery for the colon. As has been stated, most complications stem from previous health problems, or problems found while surgery is in progress. I also believe that diet and exercise do help, simply because many people's diet is not good, even though they may think otherwise. I was never worried about diet (diet simply means your normal food intake taken over a period of time) until I started to have health issues, because I was too heavy for my height. Now, I have to watch what I eat, and try and do some sort of physical exercise every day, even though it may only be a bit of extra gardening or a few more trips backwards and forwards to the clothesline! God bless everyone, and help you have right choices.
I was in perfect health before having resection to remove benign mass. I did rigorous cross fit training 4x a week. Now I am house bound basically after 3 years post resection.

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#3966 Sep 3, 2013
DianaL wrote:
Hey Ed, I know what you mean about the gas. I found taking VSL3 probiotic really helped.
Keep up the good healing work!
Thanks for the tip. I had been taking Renew Life 50 billion but no help post op.
I had just ordered Jarrow Formulas Ideal Bowel Support 299v. I read that it just passed double blind clinical studies that showed it worked in most people.
Prescript-Assist is another that has passed clinical trials with amazing results. I hope I find one that works,,.
Take care
Deb

Greensburg, PA

#3967 Sep 4, 2013
Hi all... new update(for those who know me) Oct 2 is my "exploratory" surgery to find the cause of my pain since my re-section. 2 1/2 long years later...hopefully they find the "smoking gun"
jim

Mcdonough, GA

#3968 Sep 4, 2013
I wonder if diatomacious earth would help clean the colon?
Steve the Miserable

Portage, MI

#3969 Sep 5, 2013
I too had a resection done 2 years ago and am still miserable! The gas is terrible! I pass gas about 40 times a day! And have aprrox 6 bms a day but only every other day.....the VA doctors have tried different things but nothing works and I think they are quacks!! Any help on the gas issue would be greatly appreciated
Deb

Olivet, MI

#3970 Sep 5, 2013
Steve,

What foods do you eat?
glenda

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3971 Sep 5, 2013
Deb wrote:
Hi all... new update(for those who know me) Oct 2 is my "exploratory" surgery to find the cause of my pain since my re-section. 2 1/2 long years later...hopefully they find the "smoking gun"
hey deb,I hope they do to I hear you I'm about 2yrs..in nov.still in pain,did get put in hospital last week for infection in my pelvic area,they did all the tex and couldn't figure out why they say the mesh could be causing it..hope to get my card back in oct..so I can see a surgeon again as well..not wanting more surgery but if it makes this pain stop I think I could do it because living in this pain everyday is not a life..god how I miss my old life..as I'm sure you do..good luck let us know how it goes..

Since: May 13

Indianapolis, IN

#3972 Sep 5, 2013
Hi Larry,
Hope your appt went well. Sending you some of your famous teddy bear hugs.
Let us know about your appt.
Take care,
Jen
Judy

Deep River, Canada

#3973 Sep 6, 2013
I have been told that I should have a resection done. I have had numerous diverticulitis attacks and am sick and tired of the pain, bloating, antibiotics. My surgeon seems to think that I should have the operation but my family dr. called my to see if I would see another surgeon for a second opinion. This whole thing is making so nervous. My operation is scheduled for Sept 25/13.
All I would like to know is if people are happy or not that they had the operation. Scared silly
mare k

Bloomfield, NJ

#3974 Sep 6, 2013
Hi Judy,
I'm also very scared and scheduled for Sept. 16th. But am tired of the attacks, antibiotics etc. There are many happy people on here who have had the surgery. So I being positive about it. Good luck to you!

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Niguel, CA

#3975 Sep 7, 2013
Judy wrote:
I have been told that I should have a resection done. I have had numerous diverticulitis attacks and am sick and tired of the pain, bloating, antibiotics. My surgeon seems to think that I should have the operation but my family dr. called my to see if I would see another surgeon for a second opinion. This whole thing is making so nervous. My operation is scheduled for Sept 25/13.
All I would like to know is if people are happy or not that they had the operation. Scared silly
Judy, you definitely should have a second opinion and if possible interview at least a couple of colon rectal surgeons.

It will be a year at the end of this month since my colon resection and it is the best decision I ever made. I feel wonderful. My advice is to seek the best colon rectal surgeon in your area.

Good luck.

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#3976 Sep 13, 2013
jen ht wrote:
Hi Larry,
Hope your appt went well. Sending you some of your famous teddy bear hugs.
Let us know about your appt.
Take care,
Jen
Well went to see Cancer Dr. on the 4th he said blood work all looked good. had bacteria in bladder so he gave me some pills for that. have to go and see my PC Dr. on the 23nd of Sept. I still have mild pain in the right side where they removed my colon. BTW thanks also for asking how I am doing. Did have some very bad news Aug 31st My best friend in the world passed away from accentual carbon monoxide posing he did not commit suicide.

Well I hope this message finds all of my friends in good health God Bless and Teddy Bear Hugs all around

Larry :-)
Elizabeth

Australia

#3977 Sep 13, 2013
Hey Larry! I like your photo, it looks like I imagined you. Optimistic and concerned for others. God bless, and keep up the optimism.
Vickie

Decatur, AL

#3978 Sep 13, 2013
Judy wrote:
I have been told that I should have a resection done. I have had numerous diverticulitis attacks and am sick and tired of the pain, bloating, antibiotics. My surgeon seems to think that I should have the operation but my family dr. called my to see if I would see another surgeon for a second opinion. This whole thing is making so nervous. My operation is scheduled for Sept 25/13.
All I would like to know is if people are happy or not that they had the operation. Scared silly
Judy, I had the colon resection done August 26th and to me it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I mean it hasn't been a walk in the park, but like yourself I was terrified to have it done. I had multiple diverticulitis attacks and they were afraid that I would have an abscess that would burst. They told me it would be a lot worse surgery and recovery if that happened. I was so tired of the pain and taking the nasty antibiotics too. My advice to you and everyone else is to have the surgery done. I still have along way to go before I am back to "normal" but I feel south better already. Just be sure and do exactly what the doctor tells you and you will be fine. I also had a morphine block before surgery which I think helped a great deal. I also had the diladiud (sp?) pump as well and only had to use it twice. I had surgery on Thursday and was home on Sunday. I wish you a successful surgery and will be praying for you. Let me know how you are doing.
glenda

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3979 Sep 14, 2013
nancy wrote:
<quoted text> I was in perfect health before having resection to remove benign mass. I did rigorous cross fit training 4x a week. Now I am house bound basically after 3 years post resection.
I know what you mean nancy..I ran a 10 acre plant farm for ten yrs and was healthy as a horse..walk all day long and did watch my diet..never was over weight in my life,now after 2resections and 2henia repairs do to the resections the last they put mesh in and my life has turned into hell.I can't leave my home for fear of bathroom emergencys and the pain is so bad most days I can't even stand long enough to do the dishes..yea I'm alive but at what cost.I have no life anymore.I am happy for those who do well but not all do is what I am saying..I was never giving a choice to go over all the side affects but we can't go back in time so what do we do for the rest of are days?

Since: May 13

Indianapolis, IN

#3980 Sep 14, 2013
TheRaz Stuart Fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Well went to see Cancer Dr. on the 4th he said blood work all looked good. had bacteria in bladder so he gave me some pills for that. have to go and see my PC Dr. on the 23nd of Sept. I still have mild pain in the right side where they removed my colon. BTW thanks also for asking how I am doing. Did have some very bad news Aug 31st My best friend in the world passed away from accentual carbon monoxide posing he did not commit suicide.
Well I hope this message finds all of my friends in good health God Bless and Teddy Bear Hugs all around
Larry :-)
Sure have been thinking of you. Sorry to hear of your friend's passing. Let us know how things go on the 23rd.

Sending extra teddy bear hugs your way...
Paul

Bakersfield, CA

#3981 Sep 14, 2013
Hello my husband had his whole colon removed on August 16, 2013 and was up and walking the next day.. After a week in the hospital he came home..he now has a ileostomy bag that after healing and strength comes back he can have reconstruction to a j- pouch. 2 weeks after being home he began to have bloating and pain in his abdomen..a fever of 103..I took him to the hospital and they admitted him with a infection in his pic line....he had gotten very dehydrated and weak..he came home 2 days ago with 2 antibiotic twice a day and iron liquid once a day due to low iron.. He has alot of bloating and no appetite. He is still very weak. Any suggestions on how long this lasts until he starts feeling better? He also has a open wound from his cut down his abdomen where they kept it open to drain so I have to packed that and treat it twice a day. I finally got control over the are and dressing if his ileostomy bag although its very liquidly and dark. The dr said its due to the iron ...Paul is only 38 years old and full of life but this has put a toll on him. Any positive feedback or suggestions for Paul and I? Thanks his wife Patty
NJ John

Plainsboro, NJ

#3982 Sep 14, 2013
Judy wrote:
I have been told that I should have a resection done. I have had numerous diverticulitis attacks and am sick and tired of the pain, bloating, antibiotics. My surgeon seems to think that I should have the operation but my family dr. called my to see if I would see another surgeon for a second opinion. This whole thing is making so nervous. My operation is scheduled for Sept 25/13.
All I would like to know is if people are happy or not that they had the operation. Scared silly
Judy, I had my surgery in June of 2012 and am quite happy that I had it. Looking back, I only wish I had had it sooner.
Moe

Shelbyville, IL

#3983 Sep 14, 2013
Praying for you!
I had a leak and infection after my colon surgery so I can symathise with him, though I did not have the ileostomy bag. Your dr should be able to give you an idea of when he will be up and running again. I had my surgery 1/23 and was in the hospital for 13 days, was told my recovery had all went well would be 2 months, but with the leak and infection I was told the first part of summer. I was very careful to rest and eat well, by March 22 I was up and running and off pain meds.
Assure him that he will push through this and that he needs to rest, this was a BIG operation (as my surgeon called it), he is not being a wimp at all. It's very hard on men I think because they are the providers and suppose to be the strong ones. A bit of depression is normal with this surgery because we have been put to sleep for several hours, given pain meds, had our insides moved all around (they come in contact with many major organs with this type of surgery and that is hard on the body), his body is freaking out from infection and trying to live with the antibotics killing off the good and the bad bugs. It's just plain hard, even without a complication.
Can you get home health to help out with the wound care? Why did he have a PIC Line? I had one after my infection so I could get PTN and antibotics.

So weird, I was up and walking the halls the next day too after my surgery, had it on a Wed morning and went home on Saturday morning, then spiked a fever of 102.5 on Monday.

Please encourage him as much as possible to get up walking around, even if it's to another room for a meal, get some sunshine, REST and drink lots. Has his dr. said high protein diet? That is what they put me on to help get my strength back.

Remind him how much you love him and how it's a privleged for you to help him during this time. It's so easy for men to loose self worth through this, just having the bag is a huge adjustment, not to mention the open wound and major surgery.
Hugs and prayers for both of you.
Moe
p.s. if he is cold all the time (I could not get warm once I had that infection) get him an electric blanket throw, I lived under mine the first month I was home.
Paul wrote:
Hello my husband had his whole colon removed on August 16, 2013 and was up and walking the next day.. After a week in the hospital he came home..he now has a ileostomy bag that after healing and strength comes back he can have reconstruction to a j- pouch. 2 weeks after being home he began to have bloating and pain in his abdomen..a fever of 103..I took him to the hospital and they admitted him with a infection in his pic line....he had gotten very dehydrated and weak..he came home 2 days ago with 2 antibiotic twice a day and iron liquid once a day due to low iron.. He has alot of bloating and no appetite. He is still very weak. Any suggestions on how long this lasts until he starts feeling better? He also has a open wound from his cut down his abdomen where they kept it open to drain so I have to packed that and treat it twice a day. I finally got control over the are and dressing if his ileostomy bag although its very liquidly and dark. The dr said its due to the iron ...Paul is only 38 years old and full of life but this has put a toll on him. Any positive feedback or suggestions for Paul and I? Thanks his wife Patty
nancy

Santa Ana, CA

#3984 Sep 14, 2013
The surgeons job is to check for leakage before finishing. I had mine done lsproscopicsly but the tested it and it leaked so to get that extra stich in the opened me up from nsvel to pubic bone. No leakage. Had good surgeon specialist

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