Understanding Resections?

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   Posted 12/3/2007 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering, for those of you that have had multiple resections, where they all at different places in your intestines or at the same spot.
How long are you kept in the hospital and how long does it take to heal from surgery once home where you can go about your normal/daily activities?
How long the resection last before it starts to become irritated again? Does everyone feel much better after their resection?
I may be having one and was just curious as to what to expect. I have narrowing and strictures in my ilieum about 1 ft long.
I would like to hear the unsugar coated truth.
Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had two resections. My first one was to remove about 12 in. of the ileum and cecum area, it was also an emergency resection due to a obstruction. The second one was because I developed a stricture at the previous reconnection site. My surgeries were almost 3 years to the date apart. I have the scarring type of Crohns. It took me personally 8 weeks to recover from each. I got an infection in my incision both times, so my recovery was a little longer than normal. I had the open type of resections. I won't lie it hurt afterwards, but they keep you pretty well medicated, so I wouldn't fret too much about that. Many people feel so bad before that they do really well after surgery because of the relief. But take your time with your recovery, if you don't rest up then and rush back to work/school quickly it might cause a setback. Some enjoy very long remissions afterwards, sometimes it can come back quickly. Everyone is different. One tip, after the surgery get up and walk as much as you can. That will help the bowels to wake up sooner. Good luck and God Bless!!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 12/3/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
There's no telling how long remission will last after a resection. Like the disease itself prior to resection it will do as it darn well pleases and remains very individualistic.

That being said, just as some encouragement, I had a resection of 18" of the mid-ileum in 1978 and then was blessed w/a 20 year remission of disease activity and symptoms. Since its return the disease has been quite mild overall and I've varied between symptomatic remission and minor flares the last 9 years. I've been on Imuran the last 4 1/2 years. I would seriously consider Imuran or 6MP after a resection to help ensure the longest possible remission.

There does seem to be a trend that when Crohn's does return after surgery it tends to follow the same pattern as when it first occurred. There also seems to be a trend that as we get older the Crohn's flares appear to be milder. But neither is a hard and fast rule. The first certainly didn't occur for me but the second does seem to be holding true for me.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 12/4/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   


Chronie Too & Nanners,

I'd like to thank both of you for taking the time to reply to my post. The information that you have provided me is very helpful. Thank you for being upfront with me.




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