Chelsea- I've had this surgery and the things that remain with me about it was.....walk as much as you can, as soon as you, can after the surgery to relieve the gas. When you wake up from surgery you will probably have a stomach tube through the nose to pump your stomach and allow your bowels to rest for a couple of days. Not a big deal as you would imagine and if the anesthesia makes you nauseous after surgery you won't have to worry about throwing up all over the place! Take your favorite hard candy with you to help your throat from becoming dry from the tube and when they remove it, DO NOT start eating whole food immeditately even if they bring it to you. The first meal they brought to me was beef tips over rice with gravy, onions & peppers! What absolute idiots! Go very slow from liquids, to applesauce, jello, soft foods and then try the real thing all in small amounts. Better to eat lots of small meals anyway. You'll be fine and it will relieve a lot of your symptoms for a good while and hopefully will allow your maintenance drugs to do a better job too! Hopefully you'll get the laproscopic surgery. I wasn't that lucky. They did my appendix at the same time too.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.