Did you have an open or laporascopic resection?

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   Posted 6/15/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering who all was able to get it done lapo or not.  They started my resection lapo thinking it would only be a couple of hours and ended up discovering how totally wrecked it was in there, opened me up and spent around 5 hours working on me!  I had a lapo appendectomy a few years ago, and I was back on my feet in no time, with very little pain.  But the open surgery was awful afterwards!  Long recovery.... very painful.  Anyone else?
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Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007

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   Posted 6/15/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I had pretty much the same experience. Was told it would most likely be lapo and but I ended up with a 12 inch incision that gave me nothing but grief. I actually now have two belly buttons and an ugly hernia. I'm sure I can get it repaired but who wants to have more surgery.....not I.
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
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   Posted 6/15/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep the same thing happened to me. They started my both my resections as lap but had to convert to open for both. I had some adhesions with the first, and I guess with #2 they were even worse. They had to spend 2 hours on the second one just cleaning up the adhesions. My first was an emergency and I have to say mine was very painful and traumatic for me too. Plus, lucky me, I got an infection in my incision both times so then had to do the wet/dry packings too. I will tell you that if I ever have to have another one, I will definetly prep beforehand. I think thats why I got the infection in my incision both times. JMHO
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   Posted 6/15/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi My surgery was open and was told that there just wasn't room for lapo I was bloated so bad and that was even after prep.. I had a infection afterwards that healed but now have a hernia and like Irishmom 4 not wanting more surgery unless I have to. I really should have waited longer to do things that involved lifting. I think a binder would have been good for me but wearing a binder now and need to get fitted for a smaller version as it takes up my whole belly area...lol gail
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   Posted 6/15/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine was done Lapro and I was back to work in 2-1/2 weeks.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

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   Posted 6/15/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
No laparoscopic option in 1999. I had open surgery and a long recovery. As a result, I'll do anything that will help me avoid another operation!

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   Posted 6/16/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my resection in 1978 - open abdomen, of course. I was in hospital 10 days as I remember it. I was off pain meds well before release. The criteria at that time was no release until your first BM. I never needed pain meds at home. But I had a great surgeon at Mayo Clinic in MN, he was gentle handing the innards which I'm told helps w/the comfort of recovery.
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   Posted 6/18/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine was open - wasn't even given the option to have lapro. First four days were the worst. It's been four weeks, and I'm fine, except for D several times a day. No pain though.
Diagnosed with Crohn's for 13 Years
First Resection 05/19/09 - Currently Medication Free!

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   Posted 6/18/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Both my right hemicolectomy and my ileostomy were done lapro, I am so pleased as my recovery was pretty good. I too spent 5 hours in theatre for my ileostomy and surgeon said my large bowel was loaded with disease so I guess im extremely lucky he still was able to do it lapro. take care all

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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I  was given open  also not given an option  [ have to have open again to get ileostomy reversed what joy!!!! 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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