Question about resections as I never had one.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Many people here have had resections. I never had one, and of course want to avoid surgery at all costs. (Had surgery already, but not a resection) I have a couple questions actually. One, how did you feel physically before the resection? Stomach cramps, pain, bloating, etc? Was it worse than the normal "crohns" feeling? (If you consider any of your pains to be normal that is)

Was there anything you think you or your doctor could have done to prevent the surgery? Such as an alternative method of treatment previously? Just curious as it is obviously a major surgery and I don't know much about it. I imagine the older and older you get, the more scar-tissue will build up.. Is it fair to say most people with Crohns will have a resection at some point in their life?

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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
My first resection was an emergency because of a complete obstruction. But the second one was done because my quality of life was so poor because I had developed narrowing where I had been previously resected. I was suffering with bad constipation and nausea all day everyday that just made life miserable. In my case at least, no other option was available because I was on my way to another obstruction. That is what happens when you don't take your maintainence meds on a regular schedule. So now I am always a good girl and take my meds daily. Hope that helps a little.

Most weigh their need for surgery with how poor their quality of life has become. I bet you will find alot of responses from folks who wondered why they waited so long because they felt so bad before. It is fair to say that most with Crohns will have surgery sometime in their lives, but we have a few long timers who have not had surgery yet, but they are few and far between. Good luck!
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   Posted 3/4/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi welcome aboard this fab site! I had a resection of the large colon 16 years ago and 4 small resections on the small intestinelast January both times was to late for meds to do anything and I was begging them just to get it out!!! if I had been on meds the op last january may of been avoidable (I came of them for 15 years my choice) I will never do that again it just wasn't worth it in the long run. before having the resections i felt awful no energy, constantly throwing up, no appetite weight loss, D and awful stomach cramps, had no actual quality of life so it had to be done. Bev x
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