I was supposed to have a TC, but at the last minute a subtotal was done. Mine was done laparoscopically, so my largest scar was only about three inches long. I was up walking the day of surgery. That's the #1 thing you want to do...walk, walk, and walk some more. Pain was very minimal.
I'm still having issues, and I'm back on lactulose which didn't work before surgery but does help a bit now. I'm most likely heading for more surgery, but I'll get the final answers at the end of this month when I go for anomanometry testing and another colonoscopy with balloon dilatation.
It is scary, but in a way, I am glad it is being done...he says it lessens the air in the stomach and also helps with nausea. That is one thing I hope I am not...nauseated...that is the worst!
As far as pain, I hope I can be like some of the people on the board and just for go the pain meds so I can get my bowels moving sooner!
Mom2sophia & SubColectomyHereICome ......
Good Luck to both of you on your upcoming surgeries!! You both will do fine. Be sure to keep us updated. And, Yes, you both really do want the NG tube! As yucky as it is, it is definitely to your benefit cuz ya don't want to be nauseated on top of having a sore belly.