What was your recovery time like when you had surgery?

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Aimee =)
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Evidently my beloved Humira is not doing the trick anymore and I'm back on the brink of a huge flare. Same place I was 2.5 years ago when Remicade stopped for me.
GI keeps mentioning surgery - it's all in my terminal ileum. The surgeon said he thought he might be able to do it labroscopicly (sp?) and I guess just remove that part and put my pieces back together?
I have a fairly demanding career and I worry about being out of commission for too long. GI says that I'll have surgery eventually, it's just not an absolute necessity right now. I feel like he thinks it would be worth doing now better than later when it's completely blocked but I'm undecided. The recovery is what holds me up.
How long were you in the hospital? How long before eating? Was the pain manageable? How long were you out of work?

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   Posted 7/22/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I have had two resections, but unfortunately mine were open surgeries. There was some pain, but that was adequately relieved with the pain meds and was well taken care of with pain meds at home. My recovery at home was 6-8 weeks, most are out 6 weeks. But it is my understanding that when it is done via lap it is about 4 weeks out of work. I was in the hospital for both of mine for about 10 days, but that was longer than usual because of infections in my incision both times. I was given a liquid diet for about 2 days and they slowly increased what I could eat as time passed. I was never too hungry while in the hospital, but it improved as I recovered. Hope that helps a little.

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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, If they can do it laroscopically the recovery time is greatly diminished. Last one I had, was eating regular food in just a few days and up and about in a few weeks. Good luck with it, but if you have the option do it now so that they won't have to open you up. Lap is definitely much better. Take care, good luck. Cathy

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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I had Small Bowel laproscopic Resection Surgery Nov 08...Went in Monday and was out of the hospital Friday...Eating solids...Recovery time for laproscopic is allot easier then open surgery. The drs want u to pass gas or Stool before eating. But If I would have known pain meds slow the process down I would have braved the soreness a bit more. I say soreness compared to PAIN! I mean everyone is different when it comes to the degree of pain but The pain I was having after the surgery was NOTHING compared to the the year of agony...It pays to do research on laproscopic Surgrey vs. open surgery..As for getting back to routine it took a few weeks, u can't lift anything over a certain weight so if ur job is lifting and moving allot u probably need time to heal....
Anyway I wish u well...
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Small Bowel Resection November 2008

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