Here's hoping this surgery leads you to a long long remission. My first resection was a emergency, so you are lucky that yours is planned. Really makes it a little easier. Yes, my diet did change afterwards. I could anything I wanted before, but now I stick with a low res all the time. But some folks can eat alot more things. Its kinda a individual thing. Wishing you all the best.
sounds like you are going into this with a great attitude.
using this board for some insight is a good thing. i just had my surgery last month (resection of the small intestine...about 30 inches removed) and the people on here were very helpful. the greatest thing I learned on here was how different everyone reacted or recovered from the surgery....just like with the disease we are all affected differently.
For me there were a few key things that helped and one or two do's and don'ts....Do not take your Blackberry or cell phone to the hospital with you...let someone bring it to you when you are in day three or four of recovery. I saw some of the e-mails and IM's I sent...they made no sense. Be sure to tell your surgeon to load you up on the pain killers on the front end and use all you can get for the first two days....no reason to tough it out. I was out of it the first 2 or 3 days, but then I also was able to stop all pain meds by day 4.
Make sure that you are pre-loaded with anti-b's and Flagyl. the flagyl will help keep down the chances of C-dif which can run rampant in a hospital.
Ask for the incision to be vertical. this way if you ever do need a bag or pouch you have left the field clear for that type of incision and avoid scar tissue in that area. Be sure to ask to have all prep including the NG tube and the cathetor done once you are knocked out.
get up and get walking as soon as possible after the surgery. walk and just keep walking. Drink plenty of fluids after the surgery.
stick with the softer bland foods for the first week or so...small meals several times a day. If you are lucky like me....you will discover a hunger for food you may have forgotten ever exisited. I now have to be careful to not eat too much.
be sure to have some soft, loose waist banded clothes to wear until the staples come out...and then a few days after that as well.
You may want a small soft pillow to hold against your stomach (the incision site) when you are in the car riding home...and then keep it handy for sneezes and coughs. It is best to hold your stomach if you cough, sneeze or belly laugh.
Good luck...I know that for me...while surgery is a last resort and should be...I have not felt this good in years.
Hi Thanks for your replies.
Just a few question regarding the people who's had resections done.
Did you have it done Laporo?
What was the main reason for you needing the operation in the first place?
Did you ever need a stoma bag fitted? Plus what makes some people need them and not others?
Do you feel the benefits now its all done? Like could you do excercise now which you couldn't before?
I must admit now im having my first operation done I hope its not the start of more, like now ive got the ball rolling........more will come.
Sorry for asking these questions, I just know asking and chatting about it from likewise people is the best knowledge I can gain
Did you have it done Laporo?
NO, I had a full vertical 8 to 9 inch incision.
I was getting blocked several times a week and some of the episodes required a visit to the ER...so they felt the best thing was to do the surgery and give me the relief I needed.
No bag....don't know what the deciding factors are.
Without a doubt. I feel better than I can ever remember feeling in the past 8 to 10 years....I have my appitite back and lots of energy. People have commented that they think I have my color back.
That is the chance we all take....but what other choice do you have...for me the only choice was to wait until it got so bad that it burst....cross the bridge of more surgery when you get there, what does worry about it now do ?
I think talking about it here with veterans of this disease is one of the best things you can do....I did it...and I was very prepared when I went in. I asked the right questions, I knew what to expect and I didn't let anyone make my decisions for me because I was fully informed going in.
You answered that perfectly, Thanks so much...