Diverticulitis surgery -- a success s...

Diverticulitis surgery -- a success story

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Anonymous

Waltham, MA

#1 May 9, 2011
Hey folks,

First off, want to thank all on this board. I had the surgery on April 7, 2011 and read just about every word written. I'm one of those people who likes to know everything before jumping in -- you all helped, and I thank you for that.

So this is my first post. Someone said that not many people post when they have a good experience with this surgery -- Well, let me be one of the few!

Background -- Male, 46 years old, athletic, eat all my veggies, fiber, etc. Had my first bout in 2003, age 38. It was, like many of you, the worst one. I didn't know what to look for, thought it was no big deal until I was doubled over. Made me drink the funky liquid, did the CAT scan and saw air pockets forming...the works. Put me on the usual (Cypro/Flagyl) and was lucky that it cleared up without emergency surgery.

Over the next 8 years I had....8 more bouts and 2 more CAT scans. My Doctor finally said it was time...

...One thing that really drove me to surgery was how my body reacts to Cypro and Flagyl. They make it so I can't sleep, feel worse than during an attack...and really mess with my head. Last Summer I went back to my Doctor because I really felt like I was losing it. Not sure if it's only the combination of frustration with my body, etc., but I never want to have to be on those two drugs again!

So, probably weighed about 185 lbs when I went in for my surgery. Went in on Thursday, IV, did the epidural, was wheeled into a surgical suite that looked like something from Star Wars -- monitors everywhere, funky table, etc. Put the mask over my face, gave me some happy juice and off I went.

5+ hours later I woke up in recovery. The 1 1/2 hr surgery went much longer than expected. Colon was adhered to the inside of my body cavity, and at some point in the 8 years I had actually perforated. My Doctor found small balls of calcified stool in my body cavity. He wasn't sure if they came out when they cut the piece out or if they were floating around. My wife has always said I was full of "shtuff", she now has her proof.

In all they took out 1 1/2 feet. Also found that I was "smoldering" -- had active infections even when I wasn't in a bout.

Thursday night I slept. Friday morning I got up for my first walk. Half way down the hall, but a good start.

Saturday felt much better....until they took out the epidural -- then not so great. Was nice to get the catheter out, but was a bit more discomfort. They gave me a "clicker" -- didn't use it much, but was nice when you wanted to sleep.

Sunday -- started doing real laps and was ready to go home. Passed gas and was finally allowed to drink liquids.

Monday, ate my first food, took a shower!!! and went home. FYI -- when asked my pain # the highest I went was 4...really wasn't bad...

They gave me Vicotin, but I only used it for a day (then only Advil). Started working from home 11 days after surgery, back in the office in 3 weeks.

My system -- took a week and a half to come back, the usual after the antibiotics kill all the good bacteria. My incisions -- no bleeding, no puss, and they are healing nicely. 5 puncture wounds and a 5" scar under my belly button.

Now (4 weeks post), other than getting tired/going to bed early I'm back to normal. I played golf, I've worked out, but my Doctor says I have to wait until 6 weeks to start playing tennis again.

In all, I say do it. Go in with goals and be positive! If you have any questions, I'd love to help.

Thanks
Dette

Dorothy, NJ

#2 May 17, 2011
Thank you - I've know for a while that I'm a prime candidate - but yesterday I went to the doctors and finally said that I have had enough! I'm missing time at work due to my "flare ups" and time with my family - I've had to step out of line and "not go to lunch with the bunch" because I can't get out of the bathroom - I'm scared of the surgery - but I want my "life back" - I'm constantly concerned that "can I make that" My "flare ups" can happen any time any where - Thank you for your encouragement - I have an appointment with a surgon on Monday - and so it begins!
Anonymous

Waltham, MA

#3 May 23, 2011
Good luck Dette -- ask away if you have any questions!
Dette

Dorothy, NJ

#4 May 24, 2011
Thank you - surgery is on my calendar - now getting all my "ducks" in order -
I'll be in touch -
Dette

Dorothy, NJ

#5 May 24, 2011
All I seem to want to do at the moment is cry - but I had an attack last Sunday that almost brought me to my knees - so with that in mind I know I've made the right choice - I will be scheduled for surgery sometime in June - I'm now looking forword to be back on my feet and having the largest tossed salad that I can handle - now a salad would cause a "flare up" so I'll be in touch for your letting me know what to expect - I have an appointment for the "prep test" that might be the worst part!!- thank you Dette :)
Anonymous

Waltham, MA

#6 May 25, 2011
Dette,

Good luck to you...!

I would get so angry when I had a bout -- I would always try to rationalize it away in the beginning (not a diver attack....must be something else). I felt like my body was letting me down -- not something I'm used to or like.

...And I too got down before the surgery. When I did I thought of all the time I missed, the crappy mood I would be in for the entire time I was on the drugs, the "fun" time after the antibiotics kill off all the good bacteria in your system -- made me feel better and made me go into the operation excited for the outcome, not fearful of the procedure.

I will be seven weeks post op on Thursday and feel great. I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want. And the scars....so small you wuldn't realize it was major surgery.

Be good, and get psyched for a life without the diver BS!
Dette

Dorothy, NJ

#7 May 25, 2011
Thank you so much - It's good to know others feel the same way - I missed a lunch with my granddaughter - I think that really got to me - I don't want to think "will I make it thru this"
So good to hear how well you are feeling - Yeah!!!!!
I'll keep in touch
Dette

Since: Jun 11

Pine Bush, NY

#8 Jul 15, 2011
zeddman wrote:
Hey folks,
First off, want to thank all on this board. I had the surgery on April 7, 2011 and read just about every word written. I'm one of those people who likes to know everything before jumping in -- you all helped, and I thank you for that.
So this is my first post. Someone said that not many people post when they have a good experience with this surgery -- Well, let me be one of the few!
Background -- Male, 46 years old, athletic, eat all my veggies, fiber, etc. Had my first bout in 2003, age 38. It was, like many of you, the worst one. I didn't know what to look for, thought it was no big deal until I was doubled over. Made me drink the funky liquid, did the CAT scan and saw air pockets forming...the works. Put me on the usual (Cypro/Flagyl) and was lucky that it cleared up without emergency surgery.
Over the next 8 years I had....8 more bouts and 2 more CAT scans. My Doctor finally said it was time...
...One thing that really drove me to surgery was how my body reacts to Cypro and Flagyl. They make it so I can't sleep, feel worse than during an attack...and really mess with my head. Last Summer I went back to my Doctor because I really felt like I was losing it. Not sure if it's only the combination of frustration with my body, etc., but I never want to have to be on those two drugs again!
So, probably weighed about 185 lbs when I went in for my surgery. Went in on Thursday, IV, did the epidural, was wheeled into a surgical suite that looked like something from Star Wars -- monitors everywhere, funky table, etc. Put the mask over my face, gave me some happy juice and off I went.
5+ hours later I woke up in recovery. The 1 1/2 hr surgery went much longer than expected. Colon was adhered to the inside of my body cavity, and at some point in the 8 years I had actually perforated. My Doctor found small balls of calcified stool in my body cavity. He wasn't sure if they came out when they cut the piece out or if they were floating around. My wife has always said I was full of "shtuff", she now has her proof.
In all they took out 1 1/2 feet. Also found that I was "smoldering" -- had active infections even when I wasn't in a bout.
Thursday night I slept. Friday morning I got up for my first walk. Half way down the hall, but a good start.
Saturday felt much better....until they took out the epidural -- then not so great. Was nice to get the catheter out, but was a bit more discomfort. They gave me a "clicker" -- didn't use it much, but was nice when you wanted to sleep.
Sunday -- started doing real laps and was ready to go home. Passed gas and was finally allowed to drink liquids.
Monday, ate my first food, took a shower!!! and went home. FYI -- when asked my pain # the highest I went was 4...really wasn't bad...
They gave me Vicotin, but I only used it for a day (then only Advil). Started working from home 11 days after surgery, back in the office in 3 weeks.
My system -- took a week and a half to come back, the usual after the antibiotics kill all the good bacteria. My incisions -- no bleeding, no puss, and they are healing nicely. 5 puncture wounds and a 5" scar under my belly button.
Now (4 weeks post), other than getting tired/going to bed early I'm back to normal. I played golf, I've worked out, but my Doctor says I have to wait until 6 weeks to start playing tennis again.
In all, I say do it. Go in with goals and be positive! If you have any questions, I'd love to help.
Thanks
Thanks for the encouragement. I'm scheduled for surgery in early August. Hope mine goes as well
Diana

Jesup, GA

#9 Jul 17, 2011
zeddman
what caused your colon to adhere to your adominal wall and did this cause ypu pain
any surgeries prior to your diver surgery
Diana

Jesup, GA

#10 Jul 17, 2011
can diver cause diarrhea within 30 mins of eating
doesn't happen every time I eat only when I eat certain foods like peas or ice burg lettuce
Georgia

United States

#11 Jul 17, 2011
Hi Diana,
I actually have a friend that says she never eats lettuce when she is away from home because of that very reason.
Anonymous

Waltham, MA

#12 Jul 18, 2011
Hi Tetris -- good luck with your surgery.....and don't try to get going too quickly (I'll tell you why).

Diana, if any of your diver attacks have perforated, then you have a good chance of having some adhesion -- I think it has something to do with scar tissue...

No other gut surgery before diver -- some small/day surgery stuff, but nothing like this...

So Tetris, the reason I say don't jump back in too quick... After 6 weeks of doing nothing i threw a baseball to my son....and I felt my left knee go -- small MCL tear. The antibiotics they fill you full of post op (same stuff, Cipro), makes your tendons brittle. That, plus not doing much of anything for a while makes for some pain once you start playing again.

So, after 4 weeks I was working out (cardio), but then had to wait another 8 weeks for my knee to feel good enough to play tennis. This weekend was the first time since my April 7 surgery where I played tennis hard and other sports without my knee brace.

So, be smart, listen to your body....and stretch more than I did once you get back into your sport of choice!
Shawna

Gulf Breeze, FL

#13 Jan 11, 2012
Zeddman, thank you for posting this my husband will most likely have this surgery and I'm just really worried about it. I've also read everything also and surgery just worries me. I would love for him to feel better so our lives can get back to normal with our 4 kids and our marriage. He's only 31 and I', 27. I'm glad I can read success stories which make me feel a little better even though I'm really scared about it.
Sam

Greensburg, PA

#14 Jan 11, 2012
First time posting. Just discharged from the hospital after 3 days on IV antibiotics. This is my third bout in approximately a year. Surgeon visited me and we discussed the option. I will have an appointment with him in two weeks to discuss a schedule. I feel that this condition is ruining my life. I'm 41 years old and don't want to worry about this anymore. Thanks to everyone with success stories.
Shirley

United States

#15 Jan 18, 2012
I've been reading many many posts. I'm glad I found this site. I'm two weeks out since my surgery. I had a minor set-back after one week with a pocket of fluid in the abdomin and had a drain put in. Ouch. They took it out and I begged my doc to switch my antibiotic from flagyl/cipro to something else. He did put me on augmentin 875mg the other ones are a wicked combo. I'm doing fairly well so far some diahrrea and tiredness. I am stircrazy in the house. When I do go out its short outings. I've dealt with diver for bout 5 yrs and finally had lap with robotic assistance surg Jan 3,2012
Shirley

United States

#16 Jan 18, 2012
Its odd that is says i'm from Riverdale IL. I'm in Michigan. Must be the wireless internet connection.I'm waiting for some normalcy to come back in my life. Wonder if I will ever feel the same. Some comfort in knowing i'm not alone in this. ps. i'm 49 yrs old.
Geo

Jefferson, MD

#17 Jan 18, 2012
Shirley,

Sounds like you are doing okay. I'm scheduled for the robotic surgery in two weeks. Curious as to what your experience was with that in terms of hospital stay,pain, length of surgery, ports etc.. Have seen where several others on this site underwent robotic as well and just trying to get as much experential info as I can. Hope you continue to get well
Shirley

United States

#18 Jan 18, 2012
Hi Geo
I wish you well. Medicine has made much progress with lap and robotic procedures. My hospital stay was 3 nites. I had a pain pump that I controlled. I was up walking the same night...they encourage it. I was on iv fluids and antibiotics for a couple of days. I have 5 small port holes upper abdomin area and a three in one lower like where they would do a c-section. The lower one is still sore...its only been 2 weeks. I'm glad to get it over with and get on with the healing. One setback for me was a pocket of fluid bout a week after surg, they put in a drain tube for 3-4 days. Its out and I feel better about it. I hope all goes well for you.
Shirley

United States

#19 Jan 18, 2012
ps Geo...surg was about 4 hours.
Geo

Jefferson, MD

#20 Jan 18, 2012
Shirley,

Thanks for the info. Good luck and get well!

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