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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/22/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi new here.
My son had surgery 4 weeks ago.  Had a resection of his small intestine.  He has Crohn's.  Was diagnosed about 4 1/2 years ago.
My question is for those that have had the surgery.  Where you still tired a month later?  He did so well.  Only spent 3 days/2 nights in the hospital.   Not sure if it is teen years in combination with summer break or if it is still part of the healing process.
Also, how did your surgery help you?  We are hoping for height and weight gain.
Thank you for any responses.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1354
   Posted 7/22/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Roxy,
Welcome to the HW forum, sorry you have to be here though and even sorrier your son has this hideous disease.
I had a resection Sept 07 and was quite tired for several weeks after. It is a major operation so it will take sometime to get back to 'normal'. I did return to work after about 8 weeks so if your son is still tired mention this on his followup with the surgeon.
I hope the resection gives your son a long remission, keep us posted on how he is going.

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
It really depends.

If the surgery is done laparoscopy, where they make tiny cuts, and go in there with instruments, then recovery time is greatly improved.

If they had to do a large incision, then it will take more time to heal up.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with SydneyJo. This is major surgery, whether it is done open or lap, and it will take awhile for his strength to build back up. What helped me alot was to start walking as soon as I could and continue to increase the distance until your strength builds back up. Hoping his surgery brings him to a long long remission.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 7/23/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I would say it's normal. His body needs time to adjust. Is he also lowering or stopping prednisone because that will make him tired too?
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