Aurora - if you have a simple procedure, laprascopic wise, I would think you'd have less gas to deal with. I was supposed to have that type of surgery, initially, dilation, etc. My malignant tumor was barely inside, in the sigmoid area. But I ended up having the large incision (6 inches long, vertically naval to pelvis). When you have an incision, they pump more air into the GI tract so they can see better. Also they take out organs if possible or parts of the small and large intestine to get to the part of the colon they will remove. They just lay these aside I was told. Then they put all these body parts and organs back inside, the way you were created before surgery. By doing all of this manipulation and adding gas to the gut, the gas can become trapped in places when sewn up. A few days after surgery, the gas can become painful, because it's trying to escape. I had terrible gas pains in the hospital. Of course I was in terrible pain from my 5 hour surgery and also had dry heaves. I hadn't been able to eat or drink yet (still on IV drip and not even ice chips yet). So I was a real mess that night. A kind nurse sat up with me until the gas pains ended.
Knowing what I know now, what I should have done was hit the floor. I chose to sit in a chair, with wet wash cloth on my forehead and face, small basin for the dry heaves and moaned/groaned in pain. I will add that Demerol did nothing for these gas pains. I think they gave me something in my IV for the gas but it didn't really work either.
What I should have done was begin walking the hospital floor. I did for my second surgery (oh yes by then I was a seasoned colon surgery vet so I knew what to do to get better fast).
So if you have the simple procedure I don't think gas will become a problem for you.
If you have an incision, take it from me and other previous colon surgery patients - WALK, WALK, and WALK some more. LOL
Getting moving and walking is the ONLY thing that helped me.
I never let gas build up and become trapped for my second surgery. As soon as the nurses came into my room and said - it's time, it's time to sit up, swing your legs to the side of the bed, sit upright in the recliner, etc. I did. No complaining. No grumbling. I did it. I came prepared, I brought a zip up robe that covered me well and good slippers with traction. I should have brought gym shoes, looking back. I took to the floor, leaving my room so many times a day. Doing double laps around the entire floor, I kept track of these walks on a small legal sized notebook I brought. Along with the hourly breathing exercises too.
By doing all of this the second time, the nurses didn't even have to remind me. They'd pop their heads in my room and ask did you walk, did you blow into breathing device, and each time I'd say yes, I walked, I did the exercises.
You learn from past experiences and surgeries. Feel free to learn from my experiences. The nurses tried telling me to walk the first time but I just flat out thought they were CRAZY!
Turns out, this advice isn't so crazy afterall.....he he
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 9/19/2009 6:28:00 AM (GMT-6)