Resection Recovery Time

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   Posted 9/27/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I am, in the next month or so, going to be scheduling a resection surgery (my second one). I have ended up in the hospital 2 times this year for an obstruction, and I am ready to head it off at the pass before I have a 3rd. The surgeon said that he didn't recommend a laproscopic procedure for a second resection due to possible complications. My question, for those of you who have had surgery, is what kind of recovery time did you have? I work in retail, so the 4th quarter is the most important time for me (and my paycheck). It was so long ago that I had my last surgery, plus it was laproscopic, and I didn't have a job to go back to at the time, so I'm not really sure what my recovery time really was.
Current meds: 100mg Imuran, Prilosec, Humira, fish oil, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and b-12 shots.

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I was back at work in 5 weeks. It was a full belly cut and repair on the bladder. I seemed to get more and more strength as the months went on though. My suggestion for you is take as much time off as possible and then slowly add hours if you have the luxury. Don't overdo it or it will take longer to make a full recovery.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
hi i had my surgery done last year i have ti crohns my surgery was done through laparoscopy i had 8-10 inches of diseased intestine removed i went into hospital on the sunday evening surgery was done monday afternoon i was discharged after 3 days the recovery time.
Heavy lifting or exercise was to be avoided 6 weeks after the operation i had the morphine pump which was sheer bliss (smile).
given the option of laparoscopy or open surgery i would much prefer lap i think we all would felt quite sore when was home though so i had to rest for 1-2 weeks dont know if my post will help much

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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I had open abdominal surgery with no complications. I was in the hospital for 9 days. Out of work for the following 2 weeks. I retuned to work slowly beginning with 3 days a week, every other day building to a full week. I sat behind a desk mist of the time. It would have prolly taken me 2 months to be able to stand on my feet all day......

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   Posted 9/27/2007 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had two open resections. Each time I unfortunately got an infection in my incision, so my recovery was a little longer. I was in the hospital about 10 days with each one and my recovery was 8 weeks out of work. That's about 2 weeks longer than the usual. With open surgery, I would say jdiane is in the unusual group. Most are out usually about 6 weeks. I also have a desk job, and there is no way I could have gone back to work after two weeks, I was still taking too many pain killers. I do have to tell you though, with any complications your time out could be longer.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 9/27/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I'm in sales for Verizon Wireless, so there's not an enormous amount of physical activity involved with my job, so I could probably go back to work relatively quickly as long as I can sit down instead of standing for most of the day (shouldn't be a big problem). This is just another question for me to add to my list for the next time I go see the surgeon.
Current meds: 100mg Imuran, Prilosec, Humira, fish oil, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and b-12 shots.

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