I am also interested in the surgery you speak of, I have gone full circle with crohn's and after 4 major surgeries I suffer with constant pain. I have been seeing a pain management Dr. for about 4 years and I feel it is becoming less efective as the days pass. I have spoken to 2 surgeons so far and it has been very hard to find someone who will follow behind 4 other surgeries ( I think there is a large risk of problems) so far I have been told if I choose to have the surgery that It is possible that the surgery could escalate into opening up the whole abdominal cavity, and it is not foolproof. Knowing that so far has kept me away. I would like to know more so I can make a better decision when the time comes.
Hi Zanne, Now I have a minute to respond. I am so glad I checked a page back on the list of posts and found your question. yes, both my surgeries were laparoscopic. I didn't do much the first week, but was up and around the second. I don't do much lifting, anyway, so I don't recall instructions about that. I was back to yoga after about 3 weeks. i was sore, for sure, for a couple weeks. I actually worked within a few days, but that was just lecturing a couple of hours and then back to bed.
to recap for others, this decision was made because after initial positive diagnosis of crohns, latter tests didn't show active crohns, but I was in horrible pain daily. my GI believed it was caused by adhesions (although some docs don't see them as a cause of pain). my bowel was stuck to the inner wall and folded over itself, so the surgeon cut it away, and it did help with pain. the pain has never been totally gone, still, but the surgery helped and the past two months of being gluten-free has helped as well.
the crohns, who knows what happened with that. i am just focusing on symptoms and living my life.
ask me more, Zanne and take care, Betz