stephx--the best thing you can do before surgery is to stay calm...I always do breathing exercises from the moment I wake up that day until they put me out...that's my way to deal with it:) Definately WALK, then WALK some more!!!
Does your doc do laproscopic surgeries? My first surgery was 20 years ago (for what you are having) so I wasn't able to have mine done lapro, but I would definately push for it if I was you, even if it meant finding another surgeon. It cuts down on scaring and your recovery is MUCH faster/easier.
I'll be thinking of you!
Post Edited (stephx) : 10/9/2008 6:14:39 AM (GMT-6)
Hey steph...i had the same surgery in july, i was not allowed to eat sunday or monday, had to take a prep on monday, surgery was on tuesday (laporscopic). my doctor told me i would be in the hospital 3-5 days or until i passed gas or had a bm. Well i passed gas that thursday and i was sent home...not bad at all huh. the worst part of it all was the prep, then the soreness and gas pains after it...that lasted about 1 week, i had 2 little incisions and 1 bigger one cause he had to remove the appendix and cecum. But it really wasnt as bad as i thought it was gonna be...
good luck with everything