Surgery in 9 days

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CUBFAN26
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   Posted 2/25/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I am going in to have at least 2 sections of my intestine removed with lap and resection surgery. So i was told they will cut below my bellybutton and then use the lap surgery to go across my stomach to remove the scarred areas. My surgeon is recommended by many and seems to be a pro. I am just getting very nervous about the surgery and the recovery. any suggestions how to deal with the nervousness till the surgery?

Also, i have a 9 month old and am very sad i will miss horsing around with her and helping her learn to walk. My wife will keep her close but not being able to hold her for awhile really sucks. Any idea on how long you cant lift heavy (over 1-2 lbs) things? Also any info on recovery would be a plus. Thanks for any help....
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Predisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers

Surgery scheduled for March 6th 2009


mtgman
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   Posted 2/25/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
hi there! i haven't had surgery, but wanted to wish you the best of luck!!!!!!!!!!

gachrons
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am not sure with lapo but it should be sooner then open.I guess the best part is hopefully you will be a much improved Dad for your little one and that will help.Sounds like you have a good surgeon ,when I was sick I felt like operating on myself. Wishing you luck..lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had Lapro 8 days ago, I too was a worry wart. All of the people here helped me get through it.
Just think of your little one and how much better you'll feel afterward and you will be just fine!
Good Luck!
Wolfie

Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Oops!
I was told that I can not lift anything over 10# for 1 month.
Recovery wise: Walk,walk,walk thats all I do and I already feel like I could go back to physical work,but I know that I'm not completely healed and could re-injure myself.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had two open resections and I was told for both that I was not to lift more than 5-10 pounds for 6 weeks. Maybe if its done via lap the time will be around 4 weeks.

Don't worry about your daughter, your wife can pick her up and put her on your lap and you can still snuggle that way.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners is right as I'm not going to push it at 4 weeks. I'm going to try and not lift anything for at least 6 weeks to be safe.
I do wander how long it takes for the incisions to completely heal along with the resection. Anyone know? Ballpark!

CUBFAN26
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been told it wil take me 4-12 weeks depending on how I heal inside and out.
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Predisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers

Surgery scheduled for March 6th 2009


elexis
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Total Posts : 101
   Posted 2/26/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I also had the lapo surgery , and was told not to lift for min of 6 weeks....Within a week u'll feel good as new but everything inside is still healing...So take ur time...Also good luck! Everyone gets nervous, it's normal just know when all this is over you'll feel better then u ever felt!
Dx w/ Crohn's Disease May 2000
Medication: Imuran 150 Mg, Asacol 400MG
Dx w/ Hypothyroid 2001
Medication: Levoxyl 88MCG
Small Bowel Resection November 2008


mull
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   Posted 2/26/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
hi love i am new member too i had alot of surgerydone myself all i can say is mind urself
and once u have possitive people around u you will get threw it it could be as long as 7 to 8 weeks
i suppose it will all depend on ur recovery.but the best of luck more or less on the same
tablets pentassa 6 a day and the puri-nethnol 50mg there are something the same as imurium
just they did not agree with me best of luck
im a 40 yr old woman who has CD since 1993..
current medication is pentassa and purinethol.


Becky77
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   Posted 2/26/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with wolfie...walk, walk, walk. Try to get up and move around as soon as you can, and it'll get you to feeling better quicker. At first, you won't feel like getting up, but it helps a lot. You will probably feel like doing things before you are allowed to!

I don't have kids, but I found that after surgery, I found new ways of doing things without lifting. Hopefully the same is true with your little girl. You'll just have to try getting down with her instead of picking her up!

Good luck with surgery! We look forward to hearing how things went once it is all over!
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12

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