Hey everyone! I had all but the sigmoid colon removed two weeks ago. Was able to have it done laparoscopically which was a pleasant surprise... we had planned for open colectomy due to scar tissue. Anyway... just had a few questions I hoped some of you could help me with.
-swelling: I have a large area of swelling above the largest incision where they actually removed the colon. The doc is sending me for an ultrasound to check out what is causing it (hernia or blood clot are possibilities). Has anyone else experienced this swelling?
Pain in bottom/left hip: I'm having a lot of trouble with pain in my lower back/bottom...mostly on the left side. The doc said that it may be caused by how they had to move me during and after the surgery. It's been about as painful as the actual surgical site and I'm wondering when such deep bruises or whatever it is get better. Has this happened to anyone else?
-weight loss: I'm losing a lot of weight although I'm able to eat just fine. I've been shocked at how I can eat things that normally would cause me to gain weight, and yet I keep losing weight. Is this common? I love it! :)
-When did you guys start to have less pain and be able to start wearing jeans again? My stomach overall just seems swollen and it feels like I'll never feel normal again. I'd love to hear what your recovery times have been like.