stricture surgery who has had it?

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Well I had my colonoscopy today and he couldn't get all the way through because of the stricture.  The doc said I need surgery, I haven't talked to him yet about it cuz you know how it is after you have a colonoscopy and how drugged up you feel.  My last surgery was five years ago and I had an absess that was the size of a golf ball and I had to stay in the hospital for ten days, who knows how long would I have to stay in for a removal of a stricture or does it depend on when they get in there what they find?  After the last surgery I was out of work for a month, would it be the same for this one you think?  I have my second remicade treatment tomorrow, today I just feel like crap.  Anyway, if any one has had stricture surgery let me know the ins and outs....k.
43 yr old F, diagnosed: June 93
1 surgery, have a stricture right now mad
meds: pentasa 500mg 2 pills 4x a day
zoloft 50mg once a day
yeah  looking forward to a few more 5k's in the spring and hopefully a 10k before next winter..God willing!

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Date Joined Aug 2003
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   Posted 1/30/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a colon resection due to a stricture in June 2006. I was in the hospital for 4 days, including the day of surgery. It was an easy recovery for me - much easier compared to my c-section that I had in May 2005 (of course that could have been due to not having a newborn at home to take care of this time). I'm not sure about how long you would be out of work. I'm a stay at home mom and work VERY part time from home and I think I took about a month off before I let them know I was ready to accept assignments again.

By the way - that's how they found my stricture too - during a colonoscopy. Then my GI wanted to do a barium test and it sent me into shock because the doctor doing it was trying to force the barium through the stricture. Yeah...... Good times. The weird thing was I didn't really feel bad at all before my surgery.

Good luck with everything!

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/30/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery done in Oct. of 2007. It was done laproscopically so the insision was not very big, maybe two inches, compared to regular surgery. There were two smaller ones maybe a quarter inch in size. My surgeon told me beforehand that which type of surgery they perform depends on what they find in the beginning of the surgery. Once they take a look at things. Luckily mine could be done laproscopically. It is a bit easier to recover from that type. They removed three strictures.

I was in the hospital for 8 days. The reason it was longer than the 4 days that the surgeon told me is that I developed pneumonia the second day after the surgery. I also had to have a blood transfusion. I am really not sure if this is common following this type of surgery but I was told that my blood counts were low.

I was up and walking the day after the surgery. The quicker you get up and walking around the better. After a few days, after the pneumonia was under control I was walking through the halls four or five times a day pushing my IV trying to get as much exercise as I could.

I was on an IV for several days and once they removed that I went on a clear liquid diet. Progressed to soft then to almost regular diet including pasta after a few days. It took several days for my digestive system to start up again after the surgery. I feel that the walking helped a lot with getting everything working again.

It took me almost a month to where I felt stronger but that was also because I was fighting the pneumonia.

I am glad that I had it done because I can eat somewhat nomally now whereas before I had to be very careful with what I ate because of the obstructions that some foods had caused.

Good luck to you.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Runner43,

I had the resection surgery in Aug. '07.  6 days in hospital for me.  Back to work after 3.5 months.  I had been sick for quite a few years (and working full time) so felt pretty worn out before surgery. Maybe thats why it took me longer to feel well enough to work.  Also am a few years older than you.  It's been five months now and still have some issues, but many more good days than before. I hear many people have a lot of success.  Hope it works out well for you.

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