NG tube after bowel resection?

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   Posted 1/2/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you usually wake up with an NG tube after your bowel resection?  I'm having my resection next thursday (supposed to be laprascopic if all goes well)
31year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Current Meds: Pentasa, Fosomax, Iron, Vitamin b12 injections, Vicodin

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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had 3 resections. I woke up the first 2 times with the NG tube. The last time, no tube. I was terrified to ask, assuming they forgot and would shove it down while I was awake (strangely, my BIGGEST fear). I finally asked about 3 days post op, and my surgeon (same surgeon for all 3) told me that they found they only needed the NG tube in a small percentage of cases and so they had stopped using it until/unless needed. Now my last resection was 10 years ago, so I'm sure that progress has been made and things could be even more different now. But it is certainly something you can/should ask before you get knocked out if it is of concern to you. The OR nurses should be able to give you a good estimate as to the likelyhood of an NG tube.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an NG tube after my first surgery, but not my second. Different surgeons, different practices. I think I felt more comfortable
without, and really if you're not vomiting and you're not too distended, I really don't see the point, but that's just me..
I wish you all the best for next Thursday, keep us updated....

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I never got one when i got my surgery thank god. But i did get one when i had a absess. It was hell i hope i never get another one.
Crohns for 11 years
1 surgery so far
2 times in hospital for blockages
B12 Injections

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery 1½ years ago.  No NG tube.
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 1/2/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
May 2005 resection. NG tube. It sucked.

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   Posted 1/2/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had surgery on December 13th and i assumed I would have an ng tube. I asked so they would put it in while I was asleep, but they said nope you dont need one. Oh darn
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Off all meds for 1 month until I heal. Still on 10mg Prednisone, and 20mg Oxycodone every 3 hours, and Oxycontin 5mg every 12 hours. Also on a bunch of other meds for crohn's and my other glorious diseases.
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen and gallbladder out at age 6, Tonsils and Adenoids out at age 21. Ileocecal (small bowel) resection on December 13th. Appendectomy during small bowel resection

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   Posted 1/2/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad obstructed (sp)the think that he may have crohns'any way theyhad to put a NG tub in and he was awake had it for five day's before they took it out.The last time I was in the hospital I all so had an NG tub I was awake when they put it in and awake when they took it out I had mine for seven day's not fun!!!!

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   Posted 1/2/2008 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Unless there's a specific need to use a tube, such as a history of previous abdominal surgeries or a bowel obstruction, the surgeon usualy won't place a tube.  It is a bedside decision dependent on the individual patient need. eyes


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   Posted 1/3/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the tube after surgery and wasn't expecting it. Having said that, I'd rather they put it in during the surgery than when I'm awake. Even though it's pretty gross to look at I liked the convience of not barfing on myself and the hard candies kept the sore throat down. Just beware you don't overdo ANY food or liquids when you're coming off the tube. Cause if you start barfin' it's going back in!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
After my first emergency resection I did not wake up with a NG tube. One week later I needed mroe emergency surgery since the hospital fed me and my bowels had yet to wake up when they fed me. Also 1/3 of my colon never woke up so I had a temp ostomy that time I had to have an NG tube for about 3 days. When I was reconnected I did not have an ng tube. I am going for more surgery next week for my fistula and I am unsure if I will have an NG tube...but let me tell u I would rather wake up with it in than have them place it when u are awake!
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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