Surgery Experiences - Pre-Op vs. Post Op

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Brad P
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   Posted 4/19/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if anyone could share their experiences of their symptoms pre-surgery and how they were post-surgery.

I am likely going in for surgery, a strictureplasty on one or more strictures due to inflammation and am wondering what I can expect to feel like once I get home.

Thanks
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Valerie3
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   Posted 4/19/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a resection on March 16th due to strictures, a fistula, abscesses and a perforation. Basically, I was a mess. Pre-op, I had D due to the antibiotics I was on but in general I was constipated (like 2 BMs/week) and had several blockages. I threw up multiple times a day and the pain was pretty annoying.

Post-Op, I have 0 pain, a tiny bit of nausea but I have a lot more BMs than I did previously. I have to take an Imodium every 1-2 days to keep things tolerable, otherwise I'll be in the bathroom every 30 minutes like I was before I was on meds. However, I would like to add that my CRP is over double what it was even with all of the complications I have, possibly due to post-op complications (I had peritonitis). Also, my CRP is already on the rise again, so I'm likely headed for another flare after only 1 month...

As for what you can expect - I was drinking water within minutes of waking up, eating toast by the next morning, out of the hospital Friday (my operation was a Tuesday). I was able to drive by Saturday night. I didn't have any trouble walking or sitting up or anything, didn't need any help getting in and out of bed (even 2 hours after my surgery). It was more comfortable to lay on my back rather than my side. Sitting up, it was more comfortable for me to be sitting with a pillow behind my back to keep it straighter. The chairs in the hospital leaned back quite far and were really painful for me to sit in, so I had to prop myself up with pillows to tolerate them. I didn't need to take any pain meds by Saturday, including when I was re-hospitalized with peritonitis.

This was just my experience though. I found the pain to be quite bad while I was in the recovery room when I woke up, but within an hour or so of waking up, I felt much better. Peoples experiences here with surgery tend to vary quite a bit though, I found it extremely easy. The first hour I felt like I had been hit by a bus or something, but after that, I really didn't find it bad at all. I hope your experience is similar to mine - minus the complications and how quickly mine is reoccuring though!

Brad P
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   Posted 4/19/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply. I hope you get over it fully. Sounds like a rough road you were on.

I've had a resection (open surgery) before but not for a Crohn's problem. Did you have a fully open surgery or non-evasive? did you have the NG tube?

So do you feel better off now than you did pre-op?
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CD since Fall 1987
Small Bowel Cancer - Sept 2008
Surgery to remove tumor - Oct 1st, 2008
Chemo - Dec 2008 to May 2009
Jan 2010 - NED
March 2010 - Active CD and Fistula in Duodenum


Valerie3
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   Posted 4/21/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, I've been busy so I haven't been online. I had it done laprascopically, so I had 4 incisions total. I didn't have a NG tube, or even a catheter when I woke up. My surgeon told me that about 1 in 5 people need a NG tube put in, here they take it out before you wake up and only put it back in if you can't keep food down. I feel a million times better than I did, the fatigue is really my only problem right now, but it's because of my medications and my B12 is really low (starting injections next week). I definitely don't regret the surgery, as long as I stay healthy for a while haha.
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