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MAG102886
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   Posted 9/10/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok so Ive never actually had to go into the hospital to have surgery, all of mine were done after already being sick and admitted for a while.  I'm meeting with my surgeon tomorrow to set a date for my 2nd resection (which will have to be within the next week), I'm sure I will get all the details from him...but I'm pretty impatient, and just wanted to ask you all what surgery prep is like when your not already in the hospital. I know I will probably have to go in like super early to get all this started but..what do they do?  Were you able to eat or drink before?  Am I going to have to get  a catheter? (dear god I hate those things), are they going to stick that stupid tube down my nose into my stomach so that nothing is in my stomach so my intestines can heal after the surgery?  I know you cant tell me exactly whats going to happen, just wanted some input...Im getting some anxiety from this lol, and all the horrible little prep things they did while I was in the hospital the last time werent so bad because I was heavily drugged with pain meds, so I'm pretty nervous right now knowing that any kind of prep will be done while I'm in my right state of mind. I tend to worry myself sick over the small little things like this, to me they are worse then the actual surgery itself....they might need to drug me before hand haha.
Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:1 Bowel Resection, Gallbladder Removed. Another Resection Scheduled for September.
Current Meds: Humira (weekly), 65mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium.


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a planned surgery in May.
You will prepare as if for a colonoscopy, with liquid diet the day before and the prep that 'cleans you out' the evening before with no food/drink after the cleanout. At the hospital the morning of the surgery, they took me to a room to change clothes, then I got on a gurney (sp?) and was taken to a holding area where they asked me questions, started an IV and gave me some pre-drugs to keep anxiety low.
I don't remember anything after that. They must have knocked me out before wheeling me into the surgical suite. I did get a catheter and an n/g tube (tube from nose to stomach). The n/g tube stayed in for several days, on the 2nd or 3rd day it really began to bother me, getting sore and I complained enough that they finally removed it. You will appreciate the catheter as it will be difficult to get up/down for going to the bathroom. I'd have had a terrible time if I'd had to get in/out of bed to pee with all the fluids they were pumping into me.
I don't care for most TV shows so I entertained myself with a good book and my Husband left me his laptop to watch some DVD movies or surf on the internet once I was able to sit up.
Best of luck, I don't think it is too much to worry over...but everyone is different with how they feel about things.
Heidi
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.


MAG102886
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you get the catheter  and tube before the surgery or after? And were you awake?
Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:1 Bowel Resection, Gallbladder Removed. Another Resection Scheduled for September.
Current Meds: Humira (weekly), 65mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium.


eva124
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Total Posts : 246
   Posted 9/10/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
they put my catheter in while i was asleep i got the nasal tube later on coz i was puking frm a undiagnosed blockage thoose things are horrible i pulled mine out in my sleep :)
dx 17 aug 2007
21 yrs old
23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
150mg azamun
3000mg pentasa


Nanners
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
My catheder and NG tube were inserted after I was out.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I knew nothing, so I'm also voting for "they did it while I was knocked out" as they were prepping me for the surgery.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.


kimberlayn
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   Posted 9/11/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a couple of surgeries (only one for crohn's) and I've never been awake when they put in the catheter or the NG tube. With the bowel resection they didn't give me anything before the surgery to calm me down. I didn't need it to calm down, but it would have been nice to not be very aware when I started breathing in the meds in the mask, they made me feel very weird and I had a few seconds of total panic. I woke up in the recovery room to a nurse yelling to another nurse that I was trying to pull my tube out. When I woke up again later it was gone, so I didn't have an NG tube once I was out of recovery. The catheter was nice the day of surgery, but the next day I kept begging them to take it out, it was irritating me so bad. Finally after telling the nurse (who was wonderful) to tell the surgeon that either he was going to give the orders to remove it or I was going to remove it myself, he gave the order, but they usually want it in for at least 48 hours, at least at this hospital. If I have another surgery (not planning on it) I will definitely have things like that straightened out before the surgery. Good luck, and in the end, it will all be worth it, at least it was for me.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


MAG102886
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   Posted 9/11/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I met the surgeon today, he looks like he is younger then me which made me nervous..haha but once he started talking my confidence in him to preform my surgery is 200%.  He made me feel so relaxed, he also told me that there is NO WAY he would give me a NG tube unless absoluely necessary after the surgery...like if I cant hold down liquids or food.  He also said the catheter would be put in after I am knocked out for the surgery (thank god).  The only unfortunate thing that he told me is that if the surgery cannot be done laproscopicly as it is planned to be right now, that he will not be able to cut along my existing scar from my last surgery, so I will have another one about 4 inches long above my bellybutton...but thats ok.  He told me the recovery time will be around 4-7 days in the hospital, and 3-4 weeks at home, so around a month total. The surgery is scheduled for the 19th of sept, but I will be going into the hospital on the 18th for a last minute colonoscopy and I will then stay the night there.  I can finally see the end of all this chaos in sight, I'm so worn out from going to all these doctors and tests and all the junk that comes along with this disease..hopefully after this surgery I have a nice long stretch of good health. =)
Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:1 Bowel Resection, Gallbladder Removed. Another Resection Scheduled for September.
Current Meds: Humira (weekly), 65mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium.


gachrons
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   Posted 9/11/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mag I had the NG in while asleep and I did get sick when they got me up . I for one would want it in while asleep.Best Wishes and let us know how it goes. The only thing I didn't like about it was it made my nose itchy ,it didn't hurt and I only had it in for a couple of days. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Good luck, Mags. I'm so glad this surgeon has been able to inspire so much confidence and ease of mind for you!!

Gads! I should be so lucky that they will admit me the day before surgery for a colonoscopy or anything else. This will pretty much be an elective surgery since I'm not really having any great discomfort, etc. Whether I actually have the guts to show up the morning of surgery or get in the car and hightail it for home is VERY open to chance!!! Better they admit me the day before and have some control over my panic!!!!


Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 9/12/2008 10:45:10 AM (GMT-6)


randynoguts
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   Posted 9/11/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
good luck MAG...
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