Aurora - hope you get this, I just joined this site and was pleasantly pleased to see your message as I just had the same type surgery you will be having, for the same reason - an abscess of the diverticuli. This actually happened the end of June and fortunately the antibiotics sort of worked then but because I have heart problems they wanted me to get better and have elective surgery. I was really scared, not because of the surgery, I was just afraid something would happen to the heart. Well surgery was on 11/5, everything went very smoothly, my cardiologist greeted me in the recovery room and assured me the heart was not affected. As far as the surgery, I had very little pain, except when you get up to go to the bathroom but they taught me how to breathe out when attempting to stand and it really works. I was on morphine which they suggested I use as much as possible so the pain wouldn't get ahead of me. I was taken of that on Sunday and today was the first time I took 2 Tylenols (I think it was just because I am home now). What I am looking for is that I am experiencing gas pain in my left arm, top. I had it checked out this morning, they did an EKG and bloodwork, heart is still ok and doc said it is just gas as once your stomach wakes up the gas travels to the highest point. I just want to be prepared so if anyone knows what to do for that kind of gas pain I would appreciate knowing what to do. They did remove 12 inches of my colon and it is really amazing that they did not without a big incision. Now I see you requested information in September so by now you probably have had your surgery. Thanks for listening though.