Recovery After Surgery Question

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ladybug0709
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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
 
Just another question about surgery. How did everyone manage at home after surgery. Were you able to be home by yourself or did you have to have someone stay with you. What was a typical day like? Were you able to do things like: make yourself meals, any laundry?? For those who work out - how long was it before you could go back to the gym?
 
Thanks in Advance.

Wolfie40
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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I came home after 6 days in hospital. I was able to be home alone with my 2 Labs. I did not do any lifting as my lifting restriction is 10# for 4 weeks.
I was using my treadmill walking for 30 min, 1mile twice a day.I would be very careful lifting as you could have a hernia.
Good luck and take it slow and easy.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


joohana
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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I wasn´t at home alone because my hubby had to take care of our two year old, but was definitely able to look after myself and prepare some food etc. Not much else for the first two weeks mind you, even sitting in the garden tired me out.
After that we went for holiday in the hills and I did walk an hour or two once or twice a day, depending on how I felt. Still was getting tired quickly and needed lots of rest.
Good luck with your recovery, hope you will feel better soon ! cool
Diagnosed with Crohn´s in 2005, 3 surgeries, currently 39 weeks pregnant with second child. Pentasa 2x2, Budenoflak 1x2, 30 yrs old


Nanners
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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I was at home by myself after my first resection and had no problems and that was with an infection in my incision and having wet/dry packings in my incision. I did have a nurse come by a few times a week and also had a family member check in on me ocasionally too. But you will be okay to be by yourself no problem.

Good luck,
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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.
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CDfreesince93
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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
My surgery was quite some time ago. I came home after 10 days but I was very sick before hand - I had a perforated bowel. I was alone most of the time as my live in boyfriend worked a lot. I was fine and able to care for myself, shower, make meals, etc. It is unwise to lift as it can lead to adhesions so I would refrain from chores like heavy laundry, vacuuming, etc. Walking is fine, but again, strenuous exercise is probably not a good idea. I remember tiring very easily too. It took awhile. My doctor would have sent me back after 6 weeks, but he wrote me out for two weeks longer so I could take a trip.
41, diagnosed 1992 (25), resection 1993, remission for 16 years, no current meds


pillpopper
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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I spent one week in the hospital and my wife had all my meals planned out for me.
I had a quick recovery because of laperscopic surgery,Staples removed during my
stay.No lifting,lots of T.V.,long naps ect.ect.My hospital made sure a had a plan before
they sent me home.Was not used to three square meals a day, and sort of groggy for
a couple of weeks...
diagnosed 1981
remission until 2006
Remacade,resection
B-12,Pentasa,Loperamide,
Entocort, 6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remacade.
d since 1981(enjoy the look
on Dr's faces)


ozonehole
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   Posted 3/6/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
As others have said, avoid heavy lifting. However, you do need to walk a lot, even if it's just around the house or yard. To avoid adhesions and recover quickly, walking exercise is most essential. In fact, by the third day after the surgery, you should be walking around the hospital room or corridor if you can (it won't be easy, but you must push yourself). Adhesions begin to form just 3 or 4 days after surgery, and only by keeping your abdomen in motion can you avoid them. Yes, walking will tire you easily, so by all means take breaks. Just don't spend the whole day in bed or on the couch watching TV.

Tip: a portable mp3 player or FM radio provides some entertainment while walking, and gets your mind off the discomfort.
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


ladybug0709
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for there input! I still don't have a surgery date......but am trying to get prepared mentally. I will let you know once I get a date.
Crohns almost 17 years. No surgeries. Currently taking Imuran and Entocort. Also take multivitamin/mineral supplement, omega -3 oil, calcium and vitamin D. Eat lots of yogurt. Limit wheat and gluten as much as I can.


Dagger
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I was up and walking the halls about 12 hours after my resection. It wasn't too painful, the pain pump helped some. It felt really weird. The hardest part was getting in/out of bed. My surgery was laproscopic, with a 3 inch incision under my belly button.

I walked around a lot in the hospital and once I came home. I could take care of all my needs but I wouldn't have been able to take care of kids. I remember being very tired, I was still napping 6 weeks later when I had to go back to work.

Don't lift anything that even approaches 10 lbs. I ended up having hernia surgery 6 months after the resection and it was terrible.

What do you mean by "working out"? I would take it really easy with weights even when you are completely released. Go slowly, it will take you a while to get back to where you were pre-surgery.

Wolfie40
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   Posted 3/7/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to go back to work this Monday after being off the last 2-1/2 weeks. I have a manual job with alot of lifting. Weights range from 1#-200#.
I told my boss tha I have a 10# max. weight limit. He said no problem as he will not let me lift over 10#. I will have to be very careful for the next couple of weeks until I have healed more. Even after 6 weeks total time I still plan on not lifting more 40-50# just be be safe.
It would really suck to get a hernia and have to go through surgery again.
So slow and easy for me.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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