Hi, I haven't had a colon resection, but have had three other surgeries in the past three years, so I may be able to set your mind to rest about
pain. Generally hospitals now use PCA, or patient-controlled anesthesia, after surgery. It dispenses pain medication into your IV when you press the button. They have it set so you can only take so much to prevent overdosing, but you control it. It's much better since you don't have to wait for someone to bring you pain meds. I'd suggest the first 12 to 24 hours, each time you wake up, go ahead and push the button. It's a lot easier to prevent pain than to make it go away. And if you've never had IV analgesia before, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly it takes effect.
Good luck to both of you with your surgeries.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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