My surgeon doesn't use NG tubes anymore. Thank goodness!
My resection was Feb 3. I'm just now to the point where I think it may have been worth it. It was not pleasant. I won't lie - it was awful exp for me. And I'm pretty tough. But others had an easier time, and I hope that everyone does.
Mine was supposedly going to be laproscopic - according to the damage seen on tests. Well, those tests are not the end all of information and don't always tell the whole story. Got in there, I was perforated, had a dried section of intestine stuck to itself because it was draining into my abdomen, my appendix was stuck to it, there were 2 seperate fistulas, an absess, and a hole in my colon. NOTHING showed up on tests. He aborted the laproscopic part and opened me up - he couldn't get the "mass" out of a teensy hole. So I dealt with the hurting shoulders from the laprospobic procedure (when they fill you with gas to inflate the area, it shoves everything up so your shoulders often really hurt afterwards) plus the incision. It was like a bikini cut - similar to a c section. Then I had 3 lap cuts. I don't mean to scare you but I found after the fact how common it is to go in expecting a similar lap procedure and come out with a lot more recovery time. I wish someone had warned me it was a possbility. (ended up with a double resection, is what he referred to it as, since he had to cut and reconnect the colon due to holes and fistulas plus cut and reconnect part of the TI).
Anyways, the logistics of mine:
1pm Wed surgery time - surgery was a couple of hours
7pm Wed finally in a room - saw my DH in the recovery room and later in my room, along with friends/family.
Slept all day Thursday
Friday morning, nurse pulled me out of bed and we walked.
Saturday morning, catheter was removed so I had to get up more often to pee =(
Sunday night, allowed soup (before that, only ice)
Tuesday, allowed full diet - though I was scared to eat and didn't do much
Thursday, went home
Friday, eating normal meals - even fruits/veggies. AWESOME!
I never had any pain eating. The gas pain was unbelievable when my guts started to wake up a day or two after the surgery. I had a morphine pump plus a stronger pain med as requested (dilute?). It was used often in the first few days. By the time I went home, I rarely used pain meds but moved very very slowly and had a lot of back/shoulder/muscle pain. A massage a few weeks later helped a TON. Went back to work about 4 weeks after the procedure - so, I was out the whole month of Feb, really. My surgeon would have rather a little longer...
They used general on me.
Hope that helps some - make a list of questions for your surgeon when you have your consult visit! Each are really different.
ETA: Yeah, the bathroom bit is weird. I never get D with my disease. In the hospital, everytime I passed gas it made a mess. If you catch my drift... and of course, with all that gas moving, there was a lot. Lomodol was awesome - it stopped that. I had a mix of D and painful solid BMs for awhile. I'm back to normal BMs, though a lot more frequent. No D, which was a big fear of mine. Though I have a LOT of gas now.
And, my remission was 35ish days long. My disease is already active again.
Post Edited (Aimee =)) : 6/8/2010 9:47:13 PM (GMT-6)