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   Posted 8/28/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I've posted a few times before, but here is a brief recap--Had Ileocolectomy on June 18 of this year.  They removed about 8 inches of my small bowel.  Did great the week following surgery, then started having pain in my right lower quadrant.  I had an abscess, which they have now drained twice.  Currently, I have a PICC line in my arm and am giving myself IV antibiotics for the next two weeks.  I've been doing this since Monday.  My side hurts again really bad.  I'm sure the abscess has recollected again and that's why I have pain.  I have a call in to my surgeon's office, but I'm trying to figure out if I'm being mis-managed.  I've been in the hospital three times, since the surgery because of this abscess.  I must have a small leak somewhere, right???  Why is this happening?  I've taken 3 rounds of oral antibiotics--Levaquin and Flagyl and nothing is working.  I do not have a drain in, because the radiologist thought if he put a drain in--it would cause a fistula.   The surgeon wanted the drain in the second time around and wasn't concerned about treating a fistula if one developed.  I am just so frustrated at this point.  I feel like crap all the time.  I've depleted almost all of my sick time and now I still don't feel up to working. 
Any advice for me???  Has anyone been through this after a resection???  How were you treated??

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Although i have never had a resection...i can tell you one thing i know about is...having an abscess..I must have had like 13 or so...who knows..i pretty much lost count..and i know..that either..they did not remove all of the abscess the first time...and a drain is necessary..or their already is a fistula and thats why you keep getting them...and it needs to be addressed immediately..especially in your situation..and location...antibiotics..are great..but an abscess must be drained..and can't just sit in there because they pocket out and shouldn't feel like you are bothering your have to call your surgeon..and get in to see him/her and get this resolved..don't wait...and if you feel like your doctor or surgeon doesn't listen to you..then you just find a new one..its your body..your life..and you have take the matter into your hands and demand action from the doctor..good luck

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are going through this, I know it's rough.

I had an abcess a long time ago, I was 15, and I had surgery to remove it.

One thing I do remember about it all, and think is kinda neat.

Right before I was going to have surgery they did another cat scan. The test showed that the my body was building a wall of tissue around the abcess, and eventually it would sorta consume the abcess, destroying it. Surgery worked well though, abcess gone, temp. illestomy for a month, then another surgery to hook things back up.

I think surgery is the only way to remove them, but I dunno.

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