No bowel prep? I had a resection just over a week ago and it was emphasized to me how important the prep was, to get the bowels emptied before surgery. I had absolutely nothing to eat the day before, drank 3 ounces of Fleet at noon, took 4 Ducolax at 5pm, and in the morning before going to the hospital had a Fleet enema. I guarantee it wasn't pleasant, but I wanted to make sure I was ready.
My surgery was done laparoscopically and "hand-assisted" to remove the abscess and fistula. It's been 8 days now and I've been home for 3 days. So far, no infection or any other problems. I actually feel like I could go back to work full time right now. The worst part was the hospital stay waiting for the intestines to "wake up." I had no food the first two days and then went on clear liquids the third day. Getting up and walking as soon as possible is important. The day after surgery they pulled me out of bed and held me up as they walked me up and down the hall. This is supposed to help the intestines wake up. They said I could not go home until I passed gas or had a bowel movement which happened the fifth day and then I went home that night.
I haven't needed any pain meds since I got home, only hurts when I get up or down, but even that has faded significantly today. I've still been eating cautiously, mostly soft foods like light pastas or soup and a little bread. My bowel movements are nothing to write home about, but they're not out of control or anything, mostly just loose and sometimes urgent, but not overly excessive. I'm hoping that will get back on track soon. I'm also hoping I'll get a good remission for awhile out of this. I know it varies a lot from person to person.
I wish you a successful surgery and remission as well. And if you get this in time, I would recommend calling your surgeon's office and asking them about the bowel prep.