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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/24/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
 I have currently been dealing with a stricture for 3 months now with no relief and it looks like it is scar tissue that will have to be taken out.  i have never had surgery for Crohns before and i was hoping to get some feedback on what the recovery is like for a resection.  Actually any information on the surgery would be appreciated, I  am just not sure what the next two months are going to be like if i have this procedure done and what to expect from it.  Please let me know your thoughts on the subject.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/24/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I had a resection in Jan. was giving myself a full sponge bath second day and up in chair. I did have the NG tube in for 2 days was put in during surgery and the only thing that bothered me was that it was itchy. I did not have much pain as I had a epidermal for 2 days and that is just like a IV in upper back that I didn;t even feel so I had not much discomfort and only one tylenol after they took that out. The incision was closed with staples and I started walking more on 3rd. day. You have to pass gas before you can eat and that took about 2 days or so for me. I used to love raiding the kitchnette when I got the go ahead for food I found the boost and ensure helped give me strength as I was loosing prior to surgery. Walking alot after you get going is great. Things went pretty good hope you do good. It wasn't as scarry as I thought it was going to be and I had a terrible fear of bowel surgry so I am now glad I had it done. Wishing you the Best. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still gail

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a sissy when it comes to pain.
I had a resection of my colon in May. I was in the hospital for a total of 11 days. 1 week after the op I had an infection at my drain site that brought me back for another 4 days. I'd say by the 2nd or 3rd day after surgery I was getting myself levered up/down in/out of the bed. I used my arms and the rails so I wouldn't use my abdominal muscles.

I was a full 2 months before I felt comfortable lifting an unopened gallon of milk. The first month my Mother flew out to care for me and our home. Hubby did a lot too, but he was working most of the time. My sister flew out to help for the second month, but by the 5th week post-op, I was feeling pretty good and I was even able to mow half of the front yard by the 6th week using the riding mower and a very slow speed.

Biggest drawbacks:
I was given some sort of codeine after the removal of the epidural and I must have been allergic because it made me horribly nauseous. I was begging for an N/G tube and they wouldn't give me one. I was trying to vomit but every time my abdomen tensed up to help relieve my stomach the pain stopped it cold. I knew I would feel better if I could just empty my stomach but I could not, and I had to wait until it had worked its' way out of my system. Worst night of my life.

I was opened from just above my pubic bone to two inches above my belly-button. My surgery was sort of 'exploratory' as they didn't know what they would find and wanted a good view of it, regardless. If your surgery is going after a known entity, they may not have to open such a large hole and your recovery should be quicker and less traumatic.

I was able to sneeze (holding my belly tightly) about 2 weeks after my surgery. Laughing, coughing and sneezing should all be done very carefully until you know what you can tolerate.
Overall, I wish I'd had my surgery sooner as afterwards it relieved most of my symptoms considerably and took away the pain completely.

Sending good luck wishes your way!
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 132
   Posted 9/25/2008 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you find guidance in your decision. I can't help you out since we are in a similar situation. We too are struggling with the answer. My daughter has a stricture a little over a ft at the illeum. Prednisone is the only thing that keeps her at bay. As soon as she goes off she can't keep anything down. They say scar tissue can't be treated and she has shown that it is time for surgery. It is a very difficult decision. You are only givin one set of inners and to start removing them is scary but it may very well be the answer to a healthier life. Good luck on your decision. Much love & laughter to you!
Dx w/UC in 2001 - controlled by diet.
Mother to 15 yr old daughter dx w/CD 9/07-  she had surgery for abcesses 11/07.  She is taking multi-vit, iron for anemia, bentyl prn, prilosec 20mg-x2, pentasa  500mg-x5, prednisone 10mg-x6, 6 mp 50mg-x3, Flagyl 250mg-x3

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 296
   Posted 9/25/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection Aug of 07 and it was the best thing I could have done! I will say that my dr urged me to bring gum with me and start chewing it as soon as I was able because it helps get the digestive system working again. The had to take my ng tube out on day one post op because I spiked a fever of 104 and the tube kept getting blocked so they removed it and as soon as they did no more fever and I was sitting up in bed. Good luck!

Surgery Aug 3,2007...15 inches small and 3 inches of large intestine removed. On no meds and in my first flare since.
"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." Mark Twain. I love that one!!!!

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 9/26/2008 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
All good advice. But on a more personal level, bring your own pillow and pillowcases. Have someone bring them in to you after the surgery. It is so much nicer to have your own pillow and the smells of home rather than the smell of the hospital. Also any books or magazines to keep you busy. The trashy kind, nothing serious or heavy, you won't really be "thinking" clearly for the first few days. Think about what you would want if you were stuck home sick in bed and have someone bring you those things, comfy socks, soft tissues (hospital ones are harsh), chapstick, just the small comforts.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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