fistulas surgery questions

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meshice
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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!  I have floated around this board for several years now.  Thankfully I have been in remission for about 5 years after numerous surgeries and lots of issues with even more questions.  My mom has CD too with very little problems in the past.  She now has a fistula and they are going to operate.  My experience with surgery was different becasue by the time they found my fistula it has abcessed and was a mess with lots of infection.  Also, that was in 2000.  So my question is to those who have been around for awhile.  My mom knows all about what I went through.  I was wondering if there are new things with bowel resection surgery now in 2008 compared to mine back in 2000.
Thanks!
"We can't beat this disease, YET, but we can't let it beat us!"
Mandy

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34


gachrons
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   Posted 10/21/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Glad to hear you are doing so good. Where is your Mom's fistula? They have lapo now as a matter of fact I don't even know when that became available. I had a abdominal abcess so know some of what a person faces with that and I had 1 fistula but they didn't have the CT up and running at the time I had the abcess surgery. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


meshice
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   Posted 10/23/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Mom's in in her small intestines. Lapo would be great - I will have her ask about that. She is having surgery at one of the major hospitals in the state so they should be up on the latest stuff.
"We can't beat this disease, YET, but we can't let it beat us!"
Mandy

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34


gachrons
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   Posted 10/23/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I would think that the large hospitals have good care. How does she feel about having the surgery?Does she keep in tooooouch with info on here or another site that has given her info? So how far down the road before her surgery? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


meshice
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   Posted 10/24/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Gail!  She hasn't said a whole lot about the surgery, but I can tell she is nervous.  She always takes awhile to wake up after any procedure so she worries about that even with a scope and light anestheia.  This will be her first surgery in her adult lifetime - possibly her first surgery ever and she is 63, but in good health.  She will talk with the surgeon on Thursday to find out more and hopefully set a date.  She knows some questions to ask becasue of all my surgeries and of course I have preped her.  She doesn't function well with a computer - knows just enough to mess soemthing up (and she will tell you that).  She will ask me to post stuff and do reseach though, so she wants to know.

Any thoughts you have are welcomed and appreciated.


"We can't beat this disease, YET, but we can't let it beat us!"
Mandy

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34


gachrons
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   Posted 10/24/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I think we all get worried no matter how old we are. I take it your talking a resection here. I don't really know about her surgery but I had open surgery for my resection with staple closure. You might have to wait to get more info from her Dr. are you going with her? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


randynoguts
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   Posted 10/25/2008 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
hey, how are you mandy? i did not know that about your mom . maybe i missed it if you mentioned it before... i would just be inclined to ask the surgeon if hes done them before, what was his/her succcess rate, as in no further problems etc.. to be sure that it is done the correct way as in , if its colse together where its coming from and going to, one loop to another, she may be better off having the whole section taken out , rather than putting holes in bad gut already and having twice the chance for leakage later. in my experiance too, ask the dr what type of closure he/she prefers, staples or sutures. as for me if (ha! when~!) i have another, i will insist on a double row of sutures again like my last one. the time i have had trouble with leakage like bleeding or rupture of the anastamosis have all been with staples. never with sutures. some drs just prefer staples cause its faster and they dont have to master sewing. for most its fine but with my crappy anatomy and bad guts its not..
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