I am going in for surgery on July 7th. Thanks for all of your insight. I know I am doing the right thing and I can't wait to feel better. Reading all of the messages from everyone here has really helped me not feel so alone.
Christina~ I read you asked about scaring and weight loss. I lost weight b/c of the prep, the hospital stay, then once your home it's best to stick to a very low residue diet....very bland. That will cause some weight lose untill you can eat normally again. I had an open surgery, but I already had an 8" scar down my stomach from a 3rd kidney I had removed when I was about 9 years old. The good news is my doctor went over my old scar and made it look much better! I know how you feel. I have hated my scar all my life. I did use an over the counter cream (Mederma) to help with redness and thickening but I don't really think it made much of a difference. I would like to say there's something out there that make a scar look better but I don't think there is. Anyone have any suggestions??? I did ask the doctor to PLEASE take his time closing and try to make it look as good as he could. My old scar was very wide and this does look much better.
July 5th will be 6 months out and I feel great. Wish I would have done this surgery years ago. 37 years old now, suffering since I was 13. I still have very loose stools, some days paste, some days very watery. I have decided to never have a certain spicy chinese dish again. I paid for that for 2 days!!! I do have to say I eat almost everything I want. Lots of fresh fruit, salads don't bother me and nuts seem to be ok now too. Eating usually seems to trigger a BM after about 1/2 hour but not always. Going about 3-4 x's a day and sleeping through the night!
Sara~ I hope you are feeling better. Did they find out why you were bleeding? Sorry if you already answered, so many replies on this forum, sometimes I miss things. I wasn't on any tropical vacation, just visiting my family in Missouri with my daughter ( although the weather was beautiful and they have a pool )
Susan~ Spicy food is a killer...yikes. I had to use preperation H with soothing or cooling aloe, it seemed to help. Have you found anything that works well?
I'm not sure about most insurance companies but I have never had a problem with my insurance company paying for any of my surgeries (I have had a few) not only for this problem. I did have part of my colon removed last year and my insurance company paid for the whole thing with no problem.
Cheryl, I was afraid that they would not cover it because it is not a life threatening condition. But they are because of the pain that it causes.
Gingy, keep your head up. Things will eventually get better. I know what you mean about the surgeon though. My doctor at UCLA spent a lot of time trying to talk me out of the surgery. Just make sure to tell them how you are feeling.
What is the NG tube that y'all are talking about? I haven't heard of this. Also, will the pain be sharp or are we talking about a dull ache? I just want to be prepared for what is coming. Thanks for the feedback ladies!
Just a quick note to Christina about the NG tube and the pain. It's a long tube that will be in your nose and down your throat for about the first day or 2 after surgery. It's kind of uncomfortable, but at the same time, you're so out of it, it's not a constant annoyance. Not fun though. It helps your bowels rest and I think it helps your stomach too since you're not eating, etc.
As for the pain, it's definitely there, but it wasn't as bad as I imagined. The morphine drip is good, you should have a button to push to self-medicate (to a point of course). The third day post-op, I was horribly nauseous and eventually vomited which wasn't so fun. I refused the morphine after that and asked for Tylenol...which got me through the rest of the stay just fine. I never had an rx for pain meds when they discharged me--just stuck with Tylenol and heat packs. I don't think my pain tolerance is that high--you're definitely uncomfortable, but to me it wasn't excruciating. The other kind of pain was bad shoulder pain from the gas they put in you during the laparoscopy. The gas sort of migrates to your upper body and feels achy and can be painful. They gave me those disposable mini-heat packs for each shoulder every couple of hours. I'd had one laparoscopy before this surgery, but have not given birth or had a c-section, so not sure how it would relate to that kind of pain. An open incision may hurt more, too....the others probably have better advice on that.
Sara, I will be happy to send the Miralax to you--maybe we can e-mail separately with contact info, etc? I have no idea how much it is without insurance, but imagine it's high :( Glad you can use it.
hey. Question; when I spoke with my surgeon yesterday she said that the incision will be from my pub to belly button, with a possibility of going higher. Dependent on the location of the bowel. I DO NOT want it above the belly button. What has everyones experience been?
After speaking with the surgeon I am almost talked out of doing it. I was so excited to get relief especially after reading about experiences, but from the surgeons view I wonder if it is extreme. I am going to schedule it for September to give time to think about it. Input is great. Thanks.