Aww sweetie I am so sorry to hear you are in the hospital and needing surgery. I have had 2 resections myself, both were open as you are going to have. I am not going to lie you will have some pain afterwards, but don't worry they will give you great pain meds to help. One suggestion I have is to ask for a pain pump for your pain meds, so you are in control of them instead of waiting for the nurse to bring your meds. As soon as you can afterwards try to walk as much as you can, it will help to wake your bowels up. My recoveries were about 8 weeks, although most are about 6 weeks. Do expect some explosive diarrhea for a bit afterwards, it does get better once your body adjusts to the changes. They like to feed you quick, but take you time with the softer foods. I went home and stayed on a low residue diet for a few weeks.
I want to wish you good luck with your surgery and I hope it leads to a long long remission. Do be sure to get on maintainence meds afterwards to help you avoid further surgeries in the future. Let us know how it all goes, we do care:)
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. 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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