I have had two
open resections. I won't lie mine hurt alot when I woke up (pain is very individual), but they give you good pain meds. My suggestion about
pain meds is to ask the anesthesiologist for a pain pump for after surgery. This way you are able to administer your own pain meds as needed instead of having to wait for the nurse to bring it. Don't worry you won't o.d., you can only give yourself so much medicine every so often. Also, walk walk and walk as much as possible. Also, in the hospital I used the mens pj pants when I walked so my backside wasn't shown to the world:) I do hope you are able to have it laproscopically, but sometimes when they get in there they do have switch to
open because things are messier than they expected. Thats what happened to me with my first surgery, I am not telling you this to scare you, I just want you to be prepared for the possibility. Also, bring your own pillow, the ones in the hospital suck.
As for diet, keep things light and soft for a bit. I ate things at home like baked chicken, rice, mashed potatos, oatmeal. Things that are easy to chew, and easy to digest. Within a short time you will be able to start different foods. But I ate light for the first few weeks. Just remember when you start adding new foods to do it slowly so you can see how you manage.
And most important of all, make sure you get on some maintainence meds afterwards, so you don't have a repeat. I had a doc (now fired) tell me after my first resection, oh you don't needs meds now. Well I ended up with a repeat surgery only 3 years later. So do take maintainence meds to help you maintain remission. I am maintained now with only Asacol. I wish you the best and I hope this surgery brings you to a well deserved and long remission. Big hugs and good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!