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grammy
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   Posted 3/25/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Posted awhile back because my husband has Lynch Syndrome and three doctors agreed he needed to have his colon removed. Well after an eight day stay we returned home from Rochester, New York after my husband had his colon removed. He had this done laporscopic and did not have to have any kind of prep before surgery, other then not eating after midnight the night before. Surgery went well but took 3 hours longer then they thought because of him being overweight. His small intestine was brought down and attached to his rectumn. Pain after surgery was not unbarable for him, controlled with the pain meds. Passed only old blood the day after surgery and did not have any bowel sounds or passing of gas, stomach was very distended. He ended up having an ng tube and was on iv fluids only and was running a fever. Many exrays and blood test showed no infection or blockage. They kept up with the ng tube and iv fluids until they started getting bowel sounds and he was passing gas. He slowly started clear liquids and then on to soilds. We are very surprised the way his bowels have been. 2 days after surgery he started having watery stool that would keep coming even when he thought he was finished and would go to stand up and the stool would just keep coming out in the form of liquid, over two days this stopped and he went 12 times in a day but had some control. After solid foods were added this slowed up and he is going 5 to 6 times a day now, has control and can even hold off for awhile if he needs to. He has had some small piles of stool in the toilet after he has eaten but not solid and breaks apart when you flush, we did not think he would ever have stool like this let alone 8 days after surgery. We are hoping things continue to get better and better.
I have been wondering if he will have a problem not being able to absorb vitamins that are needed to keep him healthy.
Thanks for listening and would love some input.
donna

summerstorm
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   Posted 3/25/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
it sounds like he is on his way to recovery, thats great.
the main thing that you worry abotu losing is water and getting dehydrated, he will need to drink lots more than before. Also some people have problems with B vitamins.
good luck!!

summerstorm
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   Posted 3/25/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
it sounds like he is on his way to recovery, thats great.
the main thing that you worry abotu losing is water and getting dehydrated, he will need to drink lots more than before. Also some people have problems with B vitamins.
good luck!!

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/25/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
grammy, that's great! It sounds like your hubby is quickly on his way to adjusting to the "new" him:)

grammy
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   Posted 3/26/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for the replies, we do know about making sure that he is drinking enough but were concerned about any vitamins he might need to replace.

His incision sites are still weeping from all the fluids they put into him, he is hoping that slows down soon. Such a relief this is over and he will never hear the words you have colon cancer. our best to you all, donna


suebear
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   

No, your husband shouldn't need any special vitamins or additional vitamins in light of his surgery.  To ease your mind on this you can have him get a CBC in a few months and have the doctor check his vitamin B-12 levels.  Provided his terminal ileum was not damaged he should be absorbing this. 

Things will continue to get better over the course of the first year.  It sounds as if he is adapting well. 

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


grammy
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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Sue, Thanks for your reply. Terminal ileum is intact as far as we know. We have been very pleased so far. We didn't think he would get to having bowel movements 5-6 times a day until he was 6-12 months out from surgery. He can pass gas without any problems and has the ability to hold it for a time. These were all things my husband was very concerned about. I know each person is different, but we are hoping things continue to get better. We are glad that this has all been so positive because with the lynch syndrome involving a large part of the family if any of the other 4 people ( 3 still need to be tested ) start to have issues then this will have to be a huge consideration for them also. I am amazed everyday with what special things can be done by the medical doctors today. What special gifts these people have been given.

Thank you for your time.

donna

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