Post Edited (Marsky) : 9/19/2009 6:28:00 AM (GMT-6)
Marsky, Your reply has been so helpful to me. I just have an abcess to be removed but they call my surgery a colon resection. I am hoping the abcess is not too far back so they can do it laproscopic. I may have to have a 4th CT scan which worries me as that is a lot of radiation and I also had 35 radiation treatments for breast cancer. However the surgery has to be done I will definitely take your advice and walk, walk, walk! My sons will be coming every day and they can help me walk around the floor and I will also ask the nursing assistant to help me walk. I don't know how much pain will be involved but if it is the small incision the pain is supposed to be less. I hope so. I am allergic to morphine and Dauludin so I can't have those for pain. I was told they only give demerol in the operating room so I have no idea how my pain will be controlled. Also have some problems with codeine and percoset. I know I will have trouble with nausea because I always have after general anesthia. The only med that works for me with nausea is Zofran. Thank you so much for helping me and giving me such good advice. I have so far followed all the drs instructions and I certainly will during my hospital stay and recovery.
Mary , thanks again for replying. I am hoping my surgery will be simple. The dr. said it would take about 2 hrs. And I definitely need it as there is no other way to get rid of the abcess. If he can't reach the place with the laparoscopy then he will have to make a larger incision which I guess will be more pain and healing time. I have had 2 c-sections with my kids so already have a scar from my navel on down. That was in the 70s and I remember having a lot of gas. Yes, things have certainly changed and I know the insurance co. wants to get you out of the hospital as soon as they can. I have had so many health problems this year that I am on 100% coverage now. Also, I have one of those breathing devises to expand the lungs. It really helps. I also have asthma so that can complicate things but i'm sure the anesthesiologist will know what is best. Again, I truly appreciate your help. I know what to expect and I will be prepared! Will post after I am home about how it all went, it will be late Oct. by then.
Judy, Wow, you have really been through a lot. I will check with the surgeon on having the epidural. I had that type of anesthesia for my 2 C-sections. Also had a spinal for knee surgery and my legs were numb for hours and I was worried I would be paralyzed so I will have general anesthesia any day. You just go to sleep and wake up when its over. I am taking the advice very seriously about getting up and walking. I assume when you mentioned you had open surgery that you had a larger incision, at least that's what I think you meant. I am hoping to have the lap surgery but wonder if I have the larger incision if they will pump me up with gas. Either way there is still a lot of gas after having any type of surgery where your abdomen is cut. Thanks so much for your reply and I will post again when all this is over. Can't be too soon!
Aurora - hope you get this, I just joined this site and was pleasantly pleased to see your message as I just had the same type surgery you will be having, for the same reason - an abscess of the diverticuli. This actually happened the end of June and fortunately the antibiotics sort of worked then but because I have heart problems they wanted me to get better and have elective surgery. I was really scared, not because of the surgery, I was just afraid something would happen to the heart. Well surgery was on 11/5, everything went very smoothly, my cardiologist greeted me in the recovery room and assured me the heart was not affected. As far as the surgery, I had very little pain, except when you get up to go to the bathroom but they taught me how to breathe out when attempting to stand and it really works. I was on morphine which they suggested I use as much as possible so the pain wouldn't get ahead of me. I was taken of that on Sunday and today was the first time I took 2 Tylenols (I think it was just because I am home now). What I am looking for is that I am experiencing gas pain in my left arm, top. I had it checked out this morning, they did an EKG and bloodwork, heart is still ok and doc said it is just gas as once your stomach wakes up the gas travels to the highest point. I just want to be prepared so if anyone knows what to do for that kind of gas pain I would appreciate knowing what to do. They did remove 12 inches of my colon and it is really amazing that they did not without a big incision. Now I see you requested information in September so by now you probably have had your surgery. Thanks for listening though.