I just had small bowel resection done in Oct. They removed 18 inches. I had a major obstruction and was in soooo much pain for a long time, the surgery seemed like a breeze, and I felt like a million bucks afterwards. I was in the hospital for 3 weeks prior to surgery so as to gain weight. (I was down to 94lbs. from 120lbs. So IV feeding through pic line was super. After surgery, I left a week later...after BM.
The worst part of the whole thing was the NG. Or nose hose as I call it. It sucks everything out of your stomach. But what a pain in the nose and throat! (may have been the jerk in ER that did it) I think the tube was too big in diameter, and he was in a hurry and just jammed it in...you probley won't have that problem.
They did "open" me up, about a 8 inch cut, lots of staples..I did a lot of short walks following surgery as I heard it helps release all the gasses that are in there from the procedure. It worked, as I had no pains like a lot of people say they have. They also let me chew gum, as that helps too.
A week after surgery they let me go, and said take it easy, don't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk. So far, so good. Had I known how much better I would feel after the resection...I would have done it way sooner!
It is nice that you know you are having it done (mine was an emergency room visit that turned into a month long project!) Its good to ask a lot of questions, the people here are most helpfull. I took my laptop in so was able to communicate with this board, much help.
I wish you much luck, and a speedy recovery! I have a feeling you will do very well. Please keep us posted. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask...I did!
feel better soon, Kathy