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   Posted 6/13/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
confused   I think that I posted wrong last time.  Sorry.  If the doctor wants to remove the bad part of your colon and reconnect, how long are you in the hospital and how long is the recovery?  (Off work)?  I just need to be prepared for my job.  I meet with the surgeon soon and am a little concerned.  Thanks my friends!

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   Posted 6/14/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Good luck with your surgery!  about three years ago I had several feet removed from my ileum as I had a complete blockage.  The surgery left me with a wicked scar but also without pain.  Although I exhibit most of the signs of Crohn's (isn't it wonderful to have a disease that lasts forever? turn ), that ever-present pain hasn't been back yet.  I also started Humera two years ago and have had no side effects from it.  I was totally disabled from my Crohn's but the Humera seems to have put me in a better state.

My best,


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   Posted 6/14/2009 12:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry - didn't answer your questions. Figure a few weeks to heal and really get your act togehter. I was in the hospital for about 12 days. The healing comes slowly but it does come. I was terrified to have that sugery done (they did the same thing to my small intestine as they want to do to your colon), but I wasn't given a choice. You'll be fine. Just allow enough "down time" for yourself.


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   Posted 6/14/2009 1:14 AM (GMT -7)   

I just had a colon resection and was in hospital from Monday to Friday. Depends on wether you have open surgery or lapro? You could ask your surgeon this but they don't know for sure until you are in surgery? My surgeon said six weeks before lifting anything very heavy. As far as your work goes, it would depend on what you do? How fast you heal, fatique might be a problem, bowel movements, etc.

We have an oilfield service company and work out of our house so I was able to do office work the following week.

57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009

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   Posted 6/14/2009 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I was off 6-8 weeks after my resections. I think if it is done open, you can expect to be off at least that long. If done via lap, you might be able to go back in 4 weeks, but don't push it. Surgery really is a trauma for your body and rest is very important too. By the way, I have a desk job to give you some kind of reference. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and 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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   Posted 6/14/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi after my the 1st resection i was the same as Nanners had open and was off 6 weeks. This time around because of fistula and drastic weight loss and coming to terms with a stoma i have only just gone back to work but you will be fine i'm sure, just take it easy wishing you well for your surgery. Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma
 No maintance drugs as such on B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, 20mg EScitalopram 4 anxiety.

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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have to have a stoma with this surgery?  And thank you everyone...I meet with the surgeon later today....

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   Posted 6/23/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Had an open ileocecal resection and was in the hospital 4 days.  I was home from work about 5 weeks and then went back part time.  I have a big commute so I didn't want to rush it.

I was very depressed after the surgery.  I was very tired and my energy level was nil.  It took many weeks for my energy to return to normal.  I didn't have a stoma. 

Write down all of your questions for the surgeon and ask.  I had a list a mile lone and he answered all of my questions.

Good luck.



28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  Apriso, Align and possibly going back to Entocort.  Currently pregnant!

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