Hello, hopefully this will help you make a decision.
I had a small bowl re-section done in 06 after diagnosed with Crohns 05' after a complete obstruction. It took them a long time to diagnose me but even after being on pred, imuran, and asacol a whole year... I kept loosing weight and having lots of pain. I decided on surgery vs. trying harder med's thing that might not work later. Sometimes you have to weigh out your time vs. quality thing. I was 37, still an active Mom and wanted there to be time for me to try harder meds down the road.
I've had quite a few surgery in my life and this is some of what I've experienced. Just opinions though..in the long run you have to make your own choice:)
Lapro is AWESOME...as long as they can actually see what they are doing! I'm not saying all this to scare you but to inform you that once they get "in" there you want them to be able to SEE everything they need to clearly. Trust me! If they are leaning in this direction, let them do it!
As far as a cath... they don't really bother me. Yes, they do usually put it in when your sleeping...but if they don't just take a deep breath and relax and you won't even notice it! Maybe it's because I'm a girl. ?? Matter of fact when they take mine out I'm a bit bummed cuz' it's alot of work to get to the bathroom when your weak. Just enjoy being able to rest when you need to.
If it's a standard re-section you probably won't get a NG tube...so no worries.
Pain med's work great after the surgery and you usually can start tappering with in a few days.
Usually get up and walk with in hours of coming back from recovery.
But, one thing about my re-section that I want to share again..to inform you...and this is VERY rare..but mine came apart about 8 hours after I was wheeled back to my room. I had gotten "bleed outs" What does this mean exactly?....Well it's NORMAL to go~ blood~ after you have a re-section. Usually it's darker..like old blood. Nobody EVER told me this in my pre-op visit!!!! So when a person see's blood it's just natural to get scared. Eventually, the "bleed out" gets less and less.
Unfortuanatley, mine got...Brighter with more and more!!! I went from a 14 hemo 6 in a matter of a few hours and passing out. They rushed me to ICU and tried to figure out what was going on.
They put and NG tube in ICU while I was awake... not fun...but, survived it:)
When they did the re-sectioned the first time they just didn't connect it to healthy tissue. They ened up having to do surgery the second time taking out 8 more inches. Second time it WASN"T Lapro...it was open. The incision wasn't that big..maybe 6-8 inches.
Had to be bed ridden for 48 hours after the second surgery Dr.'s orders! I think they just wanted to give it time to heal without me moving around. Had the NG tube in for 3 days:(
I agree with everybody else. Tube was the least amount of fun. I had to make friends with it though because I thought I was gonna go out of my mind and pull it out. So, I just told myself over and over again I like it...weird I know. ha
Also wanted to share... because I had just moved into a new state/community I wish I would have asked around for the BEST Surgeon. My Surgeon Dr. did come into my room after the nurse notified him of this "over bleeding" going on. He stood at the end of my bed and kept telling me it was normal to bleed like this and didn't really take my concerns into consideration.
Looking back he DID looked concered. Just couldn't maybe admitt that surgery went bad. He was a very young Dr. not alot of experience under his belt. Idk...just wish I would have been a squeaky wheel and asked for the BEST experienced Dr.! It couldn't of hurt. Second surgery was done by someone else more experienced.
Even after the whole ordeal and 3 unites of blood... I am glad I did it!
I still feel better than before!! I do have some issues with vaulves that they took out and I have frequent D. But, not as much pain. I kinda dig the NO pain thing. Always goin' for NO PAIN! lol.
I've been in so called remission for 4 years. Good luck!
"Get busy living or get busy dying"
Dx in 2005 with Crohns after a Hysterectomy. Re-section in 2006...came apart so got to do it again! Frequent Kidney stones and Shingles... a new present as of 08-09 Diabetes Type 2. Total of 12 surgerys.
Imran, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!