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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 2/6/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Peeps.
Well its all over and done now, I'm at home recovering after spending 6 nights in hospital. The strictureplasty operation that the surgeon thought he was going to perform turned out to be more involved with a illeo cecal resection procedure.
The operation was performed open in which I have a scar of roughly 6 inches long. I was first down for surgery at 8.30 in the morning to which I finally came round about 12ish. I had pain pump strapped to one hand, oxygen pipe attached to nose and catheter. I could press the pain pump (morphine) every 3 mins which kept me fairly comfortable - only the first night I had some shooting pains in the surgery area.
On wakening on day 2 I was told to see if I could sit up and stand, swivel onto a chair next to my bed. I thought the nurses were kidding at first because I couldn't even lift one foot of the bed 1 inch let alone sit up!! I quickly reminded them that I only had surgery the morning before but I was told it will only get harder as the days progressed. No Joking, I used every single muscle and strengh I had left and finally managed to sit upright. Then I came over all giddy and hot and had to lay down for the remainder of the day. In the evening felt fairly good, chatting to other patients on my ward.
On day 3 I was eating soft food and drinking tea, coffee. In the evening I started to get hipcups which lasted ages followed by bouts of indegestion which felt uncomfortable on my scar like I was going to rip the stitching apart. Called the Doctor which he told me it should pass with time.
Day 4 started to hear and could feel that my bowel were wakening. Day 5 we had motion , all diarrhea but at least I was working.
Then on my last day I was allowed to go home. All over!!
Its been 10 days now and all is going well, I'm walking well and bowel movements are just about getting alittle more formed. The only strange thing I can say is now im dealing with indigestion for some reason, has anybody experianced the same after an operation??
So to some it up Wolfie and others. You will be fine. Good luck to all.
And to this forum I would like to say a massive thank you. Your all a great bunch.
Medication at present 6mg Budesnoide, 200mg Azathioprine, 3000mg Pentasa.
Operation due 28th Jan due to narrowing stricture.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 2/6/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear things went well. Keep us posted on how you're feeling as things progress :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 2/6/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Glad to hear your operation is done and your home. I cain't remember if I had indigestion. Take care of yourself and hope you get stronger each day.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 2/6/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad it is over!! Praying for a very speedy recovery!! Sounds like you are doing well already. I laughed when you talked about being so weak. You go in the morning strong but by the afternoon you are weak as a newborn kitten!! I've been there!! It is very strange. Keep us updated!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
WooHoo so glad to hear it is over and you are feeling so much better. I did have some indigestion probs that I ended up having to add a proton pump inhibitor (Prontonix at the time) to my meds. Hope this surgery leads to a long long remission for you.

Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 196
   Posted 2/7/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont remember having indigestion. But I can give you one warning. After getting the "you're ok and can eat anything you want" speech from the surgeon, I decided one month after surgery to go to the movies. Had popcorn. Next day I had 9.9 pain out of 10 and drove myself to the ER. One month after that tried it again, same thing. I haven't had popcorn since. My surgery was in May 05. I miss popcorn, but I'm not brave enough to try it again. My advice to you - stay away from popcorn for a while. Good luck with your recovery.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 183
   Posted 2/7/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I glad you are doing so well! I am having the same surgery next week, I glad it was good for you

Hemi and Fissure surgery that developed 2 abcess deep in my left cheek, by my rectum...(oh how fun!) Medication: Asacol 12 pills a day, Immuran 200 mg, Welchol 4 pills a day for diarhea

Pregnant for my second baby that is due Nov. 1, 2007

Thank God for my adorable daughter, who makes me smile
<FONT color=red>everyday!

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 2/7/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
glad to hear that you are doing well, and keep moving forward for a better health.

I'm going to have my surgery verrrrrrrrrrry soon late this month or early next month. i 'm so excited to have it. i feel surgery will change every things to me.

best of luck for every one in this wonderful forum.
Age: 28
Diagnosed with CD JAN, 08.
Meds: Prednisone(40mg), Pentasa (4mg), Hydrocodone, prilosec, Fish oil, Multivitamins untill(01/27)
Surgeries: Right now I'm at the Hospital (Hotel) waiting for my Abscesses to be drained then I will have a Laparoscopic Resection Surgery. I’m very excited.
New med's at the hospital: Flagyl (1500mg/Day), levaquin(500mg/Day),Hydrocortisone(300mg/Day) ,Lovenox(40mg/Day) for clotting, regular insulin, dilaudid as needed (1 mg/4 Hr's)
TPN with lipids at night.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats Spiceman!
I'm really glad it went well, I'm going in next Wed for mine.
What was the worst part of it all?

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 2/8/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all , I'm doing fine.
Hi Wolfie, to be honest nothing is really painful and I suppose the thing I hated most was asking and using the commode with just the curtains dividing me from 3 other patients on my ward. The Noise and smell was not pleasent.

Looking back now it was a breeze! Right now I'm feeling no pain and eating back to normal. Just a little slow on my feet.

Good luck Wolfie.
Medication at present 6mg Budesnoide, 200mg Azathioprine, 3000mg Pentasa.
Operation due 28th Jan due to narrowing stricture.

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 2/8/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry , Good luck also.

lucillemom and Hanoon, things will be just fine. Trust me.
Medication at present 6mg Budesnoide, 200mg Azathioprine, 3000mg Pentasa.
Operation due 28th Jan due to narrowing stricture.

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 2/9/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey spiceman, good to hear your progress. I just had my resection on Monday the 2nd. Much better results than my last resection 25 years ago! No ileostomy, no abscess drain during and after. I didn't remember the recovery pain around the surgery area, but I got through it just fine. Walked to the chair and sat up the next day. Walked around the floor the next 5 days. First BM on day 4 was painful due to gas and the surgery area but got better. Like you, I was released 6 days after surgery, yesterday. Yay!

I am on my first full day at home now and definitely have indigestion and 2-3 loose stools a day (almost black colored). Doc perscribed colace. Not sure I need it yet, we'll see. Maybe it will help get rid of the lingering gas. I eat small meals 3-4 times a day but am a lot more hungry when I go more than 6 hours between meals. Haven't felt this hungry in years and years. Took a shower today and feel like a champ. Ready to go back to work next week (I have a cushy desk job). Did your doc say how long it would take you to get back to your routine of driving and working?

One thing I think might help others who haven't had surgery ever (or in my case a long time ago) is to make sure you know how to use the PCA (pain pump) correctly. Mine could release every 8 min. When I came to from sedation, it was late at night since I had surgery at 4-6pm and I had had a long day before (up at 630am). I fell asleep for many hours with no pain control and awoke with severe pain. Took a while to get that under control. Even using the PCA a few times would have given relief for a few hours to sleep. In retrospect, I would have asked for the nurse to administer a longer dose in the IV before I conked out if possible or seen if I could tolerate something by mouth like Percoset. Hard to do when you're not really "there". Having a spouse/family member/friend might help you remember to ask. Others here probably have better advice. Doing surgery in the morning would have also helped.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 2/9/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi AbsolutZero.

Glad to hear your doing ok after your recent surgery, lets hope you and me have many years of remission.

Sorry can't help much with the driving situation as I also forgot to ask when its best to drive. Any help from other would be much appreciated??

Today I went driving for the first time ( 12 days after surgery ) which didn't feel that great going over bumps etc... I think I will lay off for another week at least.  I plan to go back to work in 2 months time only because I'm an Engineer which calls for some manual work etc...

I can still feel where I've had surgery, scar site and resection site inside belly. Hope thats all normal.





Medication at present 6mg Budesnoide, 200mg Azathioprine, 3000mg Pentasa.
Operation due 28th Jan due to narrowing stricture.

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