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   Posted 2/8/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for surgery on the 25th at the cleveland clinic.  My surgeon guy told me 3-5 days in the hospital.  It may be that you just hear the worse stuff on these websites but it doesn't sound like too many people get out in only 3-5 days.  It seems like most people have complications etc.  Does it sound like my surgeon is overpromising or is it just that on these sites you just hear about the bad stuff?
Regardless, I do still feel positive about the surgery but I just want to go into this being realistic. 
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   Posted 2/8/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
i would say probably five days, i was supposed to get out in five days, but this random fever, with no apparent cause, that went away on it's on, kept me in for an extra day. I think the themometer was broken, lol.
But i don;t think that most people have complications, it's a major surgery and there are bound to be some people who have problems, i dont' know numbers or anything but i dont' think that the majority have serious complications.
I would go into it thinking at least five days

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   Posted 2/8/2008 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
well i had surgery last tuesday and was out on saturday. and i thanked GOD every chance i got. I guess it depends on how sick you are when you go in as well. I wasnt sick at all really, just in a lot of pain. Some people stay in longer due to the type of surgery as well. Mine was laproscopic
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   Posted 2/9/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an open colectomy on a Monday and came home on Friday and recently had the second open surgery to form a J-pouch and was in for a week. It really depends on how fast your gut gets moving, the key is to walk as soon as possible. I would think that most don't have serious complications, but as with any surgery, it is a risk. People tend to come to these websites for help and comfort when there are problems, and you don't get to hear all the successful stories often, but there are quite a lot. Go in with a positive attitude and do what the doctors tell you. You will get great advice and a lot of support here if you need it. Keep in touch!
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   Posted 2/9/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I think ash83 is right. studies indicate that people do best, emotionally, when recovering from something difficult (or when trying to get through something difficult) if they don't set their sights in a certain date but instead say "I know I will get out of here at some point." people get very disappointed if they think they'll be out on day X and then aren't, and that can lead to real depression, so I would try not to focus on a certain number of days.
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   Posted 2/9/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I agree, don't think about the date. I was told 5-7 days and ended up being 11 days.

It really does depend on when your gut wakes up. If there are no complications, then once the gut wakes up they'll get you on food and if that goes okay they'll release you.

Good luck w/ your surgery!

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   Posted 2/9/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery on a Wednesday morning and was sent home on Saturday. However, I had already been in the hospital 12 days prior to having the surgery so I was there a total of 15 days. I think the Drs rushed me out the door b/c the insurance company was giving them a hard time about my hospital stay.
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   Posted 2/11/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear you have a positive attitude! My first temp. ostomy was done laprascopicly (sp) and I was home 2 days later. My perm ostomy was a totally different story--a whole week--and pure hell it was for months after. Everybody is different and every surgery is different. Just keep your spirits up!

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   Posted 2/11/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi chili123!

My husband and I met with Dr. Tracy Hull and a slew of other doctors today at the Cleveland Clinic. I went to get a second opinion and a "woman's opinion" on everything I've been through. From June 21 - October 9, I had four surgeries -all due to having a baby 21 years ago. The doctor on call (the one I absolutely did not want) gave me an episiotomy and I still tour really bad. I had a 4th degree laceration. So, during the last 21 years everything has gone down hill for me. The doctor who gave me a colonoscopy last June told me he could correct the damage. It didn't quite go as planned. I figured it wouldn't hurt getting an opinion from someone at the Cleveland Clinic. She pointed some things out to my husband and I that my male surgeons did mention. I was grateful. Who is doing your surgery there? Do you live far from the Clinic? We're two hours away so I'm trying to decide if I want to make the trip in May or June. I have to wait until then for further surgery to fix a fistula and muscle damage.

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   Posted 2/12/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ohio43-
Sounds like you have had alot of medical drama......I bet it all gets resolved for you soon. Dr Stocchi is the surgeon. He is pretty new there...appointed in like 2005 but I liked the idea that he was at the Mayo Clinic for his resisidentcy or whatever. He is very nice and I have met him twice now. I am still just ready to get it over with although I am finally feeling okay on 15mg of prednsione. I live near jackson,mi so I am like 3 hours away from cleveland clinic. I do feel like I will be in good hands there so I am thinking that it is worth the drive. Just taking it one day at a time.
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Medications:  Predisone - 5mg ,asacol - 12 tablets per day
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium, folic acid
My wish:  get off prednsione....been on straight since 8/2006

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