Hello Rhona and welcome to the forums.
I am going to address a lower bowel resection, since I didn't have Laparoscopy and someone that did, may comment on it.
I had Crohn's for 22 years, after the years of flare ups and scar tissue had built up, surgery had been a necessity for me. After the surgery I had been on morphine and slept for the better part of 2 days. Then I had to start to move around, sit up, had the nurses rub and pat my back to get excess fluid out. This is done to clear up chest congestion, the accumulation of excess fluid and mucus in the lungs. It hurt a lot to cough and get it out, plenty of pain where the incision had been. Typically clutching a pillow to my chest when coughing, spitting out the excess fluids into a tissue.
The incision itself was about
6 inches, 2 inches or so above and 2 inches below my belly button and curved around my belly button. I have no visible scar, the surgery had been completed 16 years ago or so.
When this surgery is performed, the intestines are removed, examined and then put back in. Between the surgery and that procedure of examination of the intestines, it causes the intestines to go into shock. You are unable to eat until they begin to function once again. A doctor/GI will listen with a Stethoscope around your abdomen, my intestines began to function once again about
3 or 4 days after the surgery.
I then had clear liquids to drink, then the next moved onto thicker fluids and soft foods.
I was on short term disability for 3 to 4 months after the surgery. I had to take Questran (Cholestyramine) to aid in bile absorption and took it for roughly a year after the surgery.
Stretching was important, leaning back, straitening up so that I wasn't permanently hunched over from completely healing hunched over.
I can tell you that the surgery was the best thing to happen to me, after 22 years of those Crohn's symptoms becoming more extreme years prior to the surgery. The Crohn's didn't return for about
15 to 16 years and it was a great time for me, I felt great.
Small bowel resection-www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002943.htm
Surgery for Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis-www.ccfa.org/resources/surgery-for-crohns-uc.html
Best of luck to you Rhona and please keep us updated.
Post Edited (Datawraith) : 1/24/2013 7:32:04 PM (GMT-7)